Why You Should Alert a Writer to a Spelling Mistake

It had been a good day. I felt positive. I'd checked a lot of to-do's off my list at work, plus I was wearing one of those outfits that make me feel fancier than I am on the inside and, you know, that just perks a girl up, being all mysterious and whatnot. Anyway. I was happy. Then I came home and before I even got through my first sentence, my husband was all, "You've got something in your teeth." ...more
MSMom Thanks for the comment! Find some friends you trust and give them permission to correct ...more

When A Bad Week Brings Out Your Worst Self

"You doing any better?" he asked. I finished doing up the last button on my winter coat {Did you get that? Winter coat? It's April!} and cinched the belt tight at my waist. I tried to smile. I tried to give a nice 'it's all good' but all I could muster was a grimace and a weak shake of my head. "I'm miserable!" "How do you deal with it?" "What? A crap week?" He nodded. "I cry," I said....more
goodnessmadness Yeah...they can't all be perfect. And why is it that everything has to go wrong ...more

How To Pack For A Writer's Conference

Writing is a private affair....more
goodnessmadness Thanks so much! You just made my morning!!! :)more

How To Make The Best Of A Whirlwind Vacation

Making a '24 Hour Hotel Holiday' count.VACATION: late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin vacatio(n-), from vacare ‘be unoccupied’ ...more

Love Languages (or Why Valentine's Day is Stupid)

At some point during my formative years there was a Love Languages movement that plummeted the shores of this great continent, a near tsunami of pure wisdom that would surely end all war and stitch together every rift that a couple might encounter....more

The Great Netflix Conspiracy

The creator's of Netflix believed they were doing the world a favor when they punched the sky with their "I've got an idea" finger; they didn't consider their thoughtlessness when making this entertainment continuously available. They didn't think about the collateral damage. They didn't realize the adverse effects on creatives, who should be poured into their craft - not poured into How To Get Away With Murder....more
LineJacque Oh yes...Breaking Bad - that certainly stole MANY precious hours from my life!!! But ...more

The Virtues of a Beta Reader

This is a strange and wonderful stage of the process I find myself in. Not only have I pulled together a complete manuscript, but now perfect strangers are reading it....more

How Humility Can Give You Something To Be Proud Of

In my high school English class, I wrote a story I thought would change the world....more

How to Coffee-Shop Write Like A Boss

As a writer, I want you to think of me as a romantic figure who sits in my Downton Abbey library, penning my words with ink and quill while dressed fabulously in my Downton Abbey wares.Are you picturing it? Beautiful right? But we're being honest here.When I write at home, this is my uniform (now that it's winter & things are chilly 'round here):...more
thewritelife alannarusnak I need to try a change of scenery when I write that perhaps includes ...more

When You Feel Bi-Polar About Your Manuscript

 Monday: la-di-da...skipping through the dai...more