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When Dracula Joins the Circus

Image by Willgard Krause from Pixabay This afternoon, I was chatting online with an old friend about books. (OK, let’s just pause and appreciate the fact he let me talk about those things with pages,...
Taking Dictation

What to Do When Your Draft Genuinely Sucks

Image by Anuj Chawla from PixabayEvery writer I know understands that producing a book–or even an article or blog post–is a process. It’s rare for people to spew one version of something, hit publish, and...
Taking Dictation

The Ultimate Writer Self-Care Checklist

Image by Victoria_Borodinova from PixabayWriting tends to be a pretty lonely and thankless job. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t take care of yourself so...
Taking Dictation

How to Keep Gratitude Journaling from Totally Sucking

Image by Kranich17 from PixabayYou don’t have to look very far to find the benefits of gratitude journaling — stress reduction, for example. But if you don’t approach it the right way, then keeping this...
Taking Dictation

The Real Reason a Great Writer Needs the Perfect Pen

Image by Here and now, unfortunately, ends my journey on Pixabay from Pixabay It happens to me every flipping year. School supplies come out, and there, somewhere between the Sharpies and zippered plush pencil pouches,...

Achieving Balance as a Writer

Image by geralt on Pixabay Are you achieving balance as a writer? As I write this, it might seem like I'm not. It’s dangerously close to midnight. I have to be up in roughly five...