If Burnout’s Fatigue is Pulling You Under, Consider These Two Tips

m at the bottom of a pool. Cement bricks poured around my ankles and feet. A straight jacket pulling tighter and tighter around my torso. Securing my arms into my chest until they feel like one and the same. Holding my breath and seeing legs above me. My struggle becomes frantic, erratic, and fruitless. MyContinue reading “If Burnout’s Fatigue is Pulling You Under, Consider These Two Tips”

One Way to Assess the Conflict Within Your Work in Progress

Cheryl St. John, the author of Writing with Emotion, Tension, and Conflict(Writers Digest Books, 2013), writes, “You can’t write a book and then go back later and try to add conflict.” Weak conflict is one way to have a manuscript rejected, St. John explains. Her advice makes sense. That’s why I often use St. John’s book toContinue reading “One Way to Assess the Conflict Within Your Work in Progress”

I Didn’t Get the Job, But I learned 5 Ways to Start Writing

“Neat,” said the interviewer in response to my answer. I cringed, feeling slightly sick (thank goodness I had the phone to hide behind). I was failing this interview. Experience wasn’t the problem. It was an entry level writing position with no experience necessary. And so, I thought yes, I can do this. I can breakContinue reading “I Didn’t Get the Job, But I learned 5 Ways to Start Writing”