Spending an evening submitting is less like a day at work and more like a hot date, minus the sex and human connection. 🤷♀️
Every writer should be reading both the best and the most accessible literary magazines. Here's how.
I landed at the house of Vicki Robin in early February. The plan was that I, in between apartments, would live in
Here's a quick and fun way to get some more work done in close quarters with others.
How to relay an entire simile with a verb packed with meaning.
One of the bedrocks of a successful writing life is the full understanding that any research that needs to be done can be done in the bath.
If you're able to focus on organization right now, here are some projects that could serve you for the rest of your writing life.
It took me about two weeks to pick myself up off the floor. I’m still limping, rolling onto the bed, numbing out
I was scrolling through Twitter like every tweet was a bump of coke, when a post by my friend Willie stopped me:
It’s the time of Coronavirus, which is pretty much like the bad dystopian novel plot we all can’t believe we’re living. And
“Yes!” said a young woman at the AWP conference for writers, rounding the corner to my all-the-way-in-the-back-corner booth. “This is where those
My rent is $350 for the next three months, and I can’t tell whether it’s that or the physical space around me,
From my first essay nearly published a decade ago to the viral essay that got a million readers to the little goof essays I write now, here are 10 things I've learned about writing powerful personal essays
We stood on a closed-off street at a music festival, near midnight, third or fourth beers in hand, when the musicians on
I’d be driving and think, “Oh damn it, I never followed up with Susan.” I’d be shopping and realize it had been
My coaching student scoffed. “Why are you learning grammar?” A part of me was with her, scoffing at grammar that meant memorizing latinate
I’m looking up Narratively’s instructions on how to pitch, and I see this from their editor, Lilly Dancyger: “In case you’re wondering,
When I decided to start a blog as a follow-up to my book Welcome to the Writer’s Life, I knew I needed
In 2018, I went to six conferences, which is, according to my bank account, too many conferences. Today I have a new
My favorite music genre being Sad Guy With A Guitar And a Story To Tell, my favorite band is naturally Bon Iver.
I don’t know why it took me so long to realize I could buy things for my home that I’d only used
Every month, I have a dinner party where we talk about the most forbidden of fruits as far as conversation topics go:
I bartered with another business owner to help her design her systems, and we were deciding which electronic signing service to go
On the latest episode of my podcast, I get to talk with my coaching student, Bria, about how she saved up to
I am feeling feelings about Kristen Arnett’s book, Mostly Dead Things, an absolutely fabulous and hilarious novel set in Florida. Psst: This
As we walked down the beach one day, my mom and I saw two anchored boats cracking against each other in the
I just finished Tara Conklin’s book The Last Romantics on a plane, and I wanted to call, “Attention: People in the emergency
Like Will Ferrell or Amy Sedaris, it seemed like John Hodgman was creating a new kind of humor. We had no idea
One thing I know about the writing life is that you get better at the thing by doing it. I started out
I’m doing Liz Frugalwoods’ Uber-frugal challenge this month, and I don’t like it. I mean, I like her and her challenge, but
It’s spending season. The sun shines upon Seattlites at University Village as I run to the Amazon book store, because it’s the
Is there anyone classier, smarter, and more of a person I might be tempted to put a photo of on my mantel
Before my trip to South America, I looked for places he’d been. I had 24 hours in Cali in Colombia, and he’d
“In my mind, a beach read is something that’s “unputdownable,” whatever that means to you,” says Susan Kehoe, managing partner of Browseabout
Zadie Smith is kind of everything you ever want to be. I’m in love with this short story I heard her read
As you know, Amy Schumer is ridiculous. I consider her my long-lost third sister. Not only does she have her book, The
I’ve only once fallen in love with a piece of land, and I’ve been trying to write about it for a decade.
Roxane Gay was sitting outside Hugo House one night when I went to a reading. My friend Jessica and I chatted with
George Saunders is an uber-favorite: kind, brilliant, hard-working. I’ve never met anyone who said a bad word about him, and he was
You know that feeling like you want to just head out to a cabin in the woods and just write? Well you
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone Ask by Ryan Levesque Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port Getting Things Done by David Allen
There’s a style of third-person in fiction that frees up your narrator to let the characters indirectly share their thoughts, without all
Here’s how I got into McSweeney’s: 1. I submitted about 10 pieces over the last 10 years. 2. I joined a group
When you get live in a certain place, you get to know the writers who aren’t necessarily the biggest names (though some
Susan Orlean is a force. The author of The Library Book, The Orchid Thief, and Rin Tin Tin. I once got to
Little suction cup hooks!
If you want to be a writer, you want to be writing for the rest of your life. As someone who’s had