Don’t Write Alone: Writing Life

Dreaming of Writing While Waiting Tables

I recently realized that my dream of being a writer, which escorted me into the restaurant industry, will eventually escort me out.

Jan 11, 2022
How Do You Find a Writers’ Group? Try Making Your Own

A roundtable discussion between five writers in a writers’ groups about building—and maintaining—writers’ groups.

Jan 05, 2022
What If I Never Publish Another Book?

Book publishing is one hell of a marathon. As soon as one race ends, another begins.

Jan 04, 2022
Writing Haibun and Parenting Like a Poet

My daughter is both woman and girl, loving me and needing to find space from me, and I am teacher and student, confident and terrified.

Dec 22, 2021
Being a Good Lawyer Can Make You a Bad Writer

But being a good writer makes me an even better lawyer.

Dec 13, 2021
How Pottery Taught Me to Love Writing First Drafts

I reveled in the circularity of pottery: All mass—all creative matter—was conserved.

Dec 07, 2021
If I Want to Be a Writer, I Can’t Teach Writing

I wanted the dullest, most mindless job possible. I wanted all the stress to vanish. Maybe, if I had the freedom to think about nothing, I could write again.

Nov 10, 2021
Writing an Ordinary Existence

I didn’t know how to make things happen in fiction—maybe because the drama of my life seemed so ordinary to everyone else.

Nov 02, 2021
I Found My Literary Community by Writing Book Reviews

My goal wasn’t to become a career critic, but to get the word out about books I felt deserved the attention.

Oct 13, 2021
Publishing Your Debut Book Is Like Baking Croissants—Messy, But Worth It

Outside the publishing industry, I don’t think we spend enough time discussing the labor behind writing a book.

Oct 06, 2021
Loss, Uncertainty, and Love Brought Me to Literary Translation

I often think about translation as a standalone language—without it, we all become our own islands, floating on a vast ocean without ever coming across each other.

Sep 13, 2021
Setting Boundaries is the First Step to Becoming a “Real Writer”

I wanted to be a writer, and I thought my work-life balance was the price I had to pay. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Writing Will Not Save Us

There is true, gut-wrenching grief in learning that sometimes even our wildest dreams aren’t enough to save, heal, or absolve us.

Aug 12, 2021
Bullet Journaling to Save a Life

After being diagnosed with bipolar II, I resolved that a soft-cover turquoise journal and a set of brush pens would guide me back to myself.

On Writing (with a Day Job)

There are many kinds of writing lives, and yours includes a day job.

Jul 19, 2021
The Joy of Writing Got Me Through the Pandemic

I decided I was going to write something just for me, something I loved, to keep me company during the hard, lonely months of 2020.

Jul 15, 2021
My Heart Is a Bibliography: On Being a Writer Without a University Degree

A part of me fears that my writing community will take me less seriously if they find out my highest academic honor is a high school diploma.

Jul 13, 2021
The Impossible Ideals of the “Writer’s Life”

This was the pact I made with my now and future self: to become the most successful writer that it was possible to be.

As a Journalist, I Thought I Wasn’t Precious About My Work—Then Someone Tore Apart My Novel

I could see that my editor's notes were going to make the book better, but I had to get over myself and implement them first.

Jun 25, 2021
On Beckett and Writing with a Brain Disease

When you’re sick, it’s tempting to yearn for how you once wrote. But thanks to Jess Thom, a British actor who performs in Beckett’s short play ‘Not I,’ I have begun allowing who I am today into my writing.