How to Publish a Novel

Step One: Write your book. Step Two: Criticize your book and tell yourself it will never be good enough. Step Three: Fight back the crippling self-doubt, and edit the crap out of your book. Step Four: Publish the book you’ve slaved days, months, years of your...

A No Costs Nothing

Small victories can seem like the world to an independent author, but those feelings quickly fade into more self-doubt and second-guessing. The point of this article isn’t to discuss why we have those feelings, but rather, explore why we need to push ourselves...

The Importance of Impermanence

Whenever I write a coming of age story, I have this moment where I sit back and wonder, “What gives me the right to give life lessons to other people? What gives me the right to make characters who grow and blossom when I feel like I’m still growing...

Embracing Art

Last year, I got this feeling like I was never doing enough. “Unaccomplished” doesn’t begin to describe the deep-seated hopelessness and worthlessness clenching my heart. No matter what I did, I’d look at the mountain of work left. Whenever I...

Harmonizing Your Space

As I was staring at a blank page, my cursor blinking at me with a mocking, incessant rhythm, I began thinking about how I pull myself out of a writing slump. Apart from banging my head against the wrist pad in front of my keyboard, how do I set myself up for success?...