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Yes, You Should Go To That Writers Conference

I recently attended the San Francisco Writers Conference, a four day festival of all things reading, writing, and publishing in the heart of the city. The entire event was a whirlwind and it took me days to recover from exhaustion afterward. But. It is always worth it. I made new writer friends, networked with editors,…
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Should your memoir be a novel? 10 Questions to Help You Decide.

Many writers have a hard time deciding whether their life stories should be written as a memoir or a novel. I know I wrestled with this in the process of writing my memoir. There’s no right answer for everyone, only a right answer for you. Here are 10 questions to help you decide if you…
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The 3 Stages of Getting Criticism

  1. EVERYTHING THEY SAID WAS RIGHT. You think you’re the WORST writer of all time and you should have never written this damn book. You’re worthless, so it was just a matter of time until someone saw it. Is it too late to BURN EVERYTHING you’ve ever written? You invite a good friend over for…
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Writing My Memoir #4: Working With a Developmental Editor

I found myself stuck in the vortex of Christian publishing for too long, but it wasn’t all bad. For one, the people were genuinely kind. The agents were approachable and took time out of their busy schedules to mentor a wannabe author. At conferences, they smiled and talked to conference goers and treated them like…
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Writing My Memoir #2: Selling Out For An Agent Too Soon

For the next six months after the initial idea, I wrote whenever I could. None of the stories was organized and I didn’t try to tame them. I was still just coaxing the muse. I was gently prodding my memories out, hoping they could be captured well on the page. I was writing a book,…
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How I Wrote My Memoir: The Inspiration

I can remember the moment I decided to write a memoir. I was fresh off hormones from the birth of my first daughter and I was euphoric as I frantically typed random memories and thoughts in a Word Doc. It was sudden like that. I spent my whole life with the knowledge that I’d write a…
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Ordinary Tuesdays

My life is very ordinary, and it’s at its most ordinary on Tuesdays. This morning, I woke Georgie up and got her out of her butterfly footie pajamas and out of her Mickey Mouse diaper and into a fresh Elmo diaper. She wanted to wear a skirt to play-care, I think because she finds skirts…
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Exciting News!

I’ve been marinating in a certain project for the last year. It’s drained me and excited me and stretched me and driven me crazy and made me feel dead and alive and bored and moved and mostly really really tired. The result is a draft of my first book. It’s called Backslidden and it’s a…
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Keep Being Brave

If Sarah Bessey grips your hand and tells you to keep being brave, you better listen. I spent last weekend at Faith & Culture Writers Conference, filling my creative tank and a brand new notebook with writerly ideas and inspiration. Some of my favorite writers and bloggers turned up to speak for the occasion, their…
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Creativity in the Mundane: On writing among bruised banana slices

I write this post from my cluttered kitchen table. There are squashed, bruised banana slices at my feet, bananas that my daughter threw at the dog, who didn’t want them either. I spent the morning reading “Curious George Goes Fishing” a dozen times, wiping a tiny bum and playing peek-a-boo. I write fast, because as…
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