Category Archives: Fiction

HURTS SO GOOD: USING CRITIQUES TO MAKE YOUR WORK STRONGER.

Writing a novel couldn’t be more different than writing an ad. Or so I thought. In the last few weeks, I’ve realized just how much the lessons I’ve learned throughout my advertising career have been helping me in my latest … Continue reading

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WORD COUNT: THE MATH OF WRITING

On the rare occasion someone asks me a question involving math or a calculation of any kind, I have a standard response: I work with letters, not numbers. That worked until I realized there is an element of math that … Continue reading

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#WORDCRUSHWEDNESDAY

I know it’s Thursday, but let’s just pretend, okay? According to the internet, there are 1,024,109.8 words in the English language. I have no idea what .8 of a word might be, but still. As a writer and an avid … Continue reading

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NANO-WHAT?!?

NANOWRIMO. If you are a member of any writing group, chances are you’ve seen this acronym pop up in the past few weeks. It stands for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth, and it’s as crazy as it sounds. During the 30 … Continue reading

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THERE’S MORE TO IOWA THAN CORN.

When most people think of Iowa, they think of corn, and possibly the movie Field of Dreams. Unless you’re a writer. If you’re a writer, the great state of Iowa is synonymous with excellent writing. And that’s because it’s home … Continue reading

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FIND YOUR TRIBE

Writing can be a lonely process, but it doesn’t have to be. One of the many amazing things about the internet is that it makes the world so much smaller and more accessible. Your people are out there, you just have … Continue reading

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A CASE AGAINST THE OXFORD COMMA.

As someone who makes a living writing, I am embarrassingly bad at grammar—especially when it comes to commas. I once joked that I must have missed the week in third grade when commas were covered, but I’m afraid it might be true. … Continue reading

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