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To outline, or not to outline, that is the question

Manifest Mondays are where I chat exclusively about writing and the writing life. Talk to a writer. Any writer at any point in their career: fledgling, published, J.K. Rowling. Each and every one of us will tell you a different thing about the writing process. One stickler that jumps out to me is to create…

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Covered in gold inside my head

Wayback Wednesdays are my weekly throwback series. Lead me to your water is the perfect companion piece to my entry from last Monday. Four years ago, I was floundering in my professional life. I was dying inside, wanting to tell stories and calling myself a writer but having no network to observe, no training to…

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I’ve become a caricature

Today is the first in my weekly series called Manifest Mondays, where I will chat exclusively about writing and the writing life. What is the first thing you think of when someone tells you they are a writer by trade? I know what I think of: a hunched body with bloodshot eyes (insert gender here),…

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Continue reading There’s something dying on the street

There’s something dying on the street

I was rejected from a job that I had very much convinced myself that I was going to get. I went into a very dark place, and of course, it all fell apart in public. I’m hesitant to share it but to hide it away wouldn’t be true to myself. Here we go: I want…

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Continue reading The arts are not a way to make a living

The arts are not a way to make a living

Post 20 of 24 They say you should never meet your heroes, they’ll only let you down. But what if you write them a letter asking for advice and they throw this blisteringly awesome observation in your face? You don’t have an excuse NOT to get into the arts anymore. It’s like daaaaamn, dropped the…

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29 Ways to Stay Creative

Post 11 of 24 I’ve been carrying this infographic for ages. I figured it was time to share with my fellow creatives. I know another list. But truthfully, I have employed almost all of these tactics at one point or another in my writing life, and they’ve helped. This graphic is pretty though, so that’s…

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I’m Terrible, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

As you may already know – or maybe you don’t – I am heading into my final semester in the MFA program for Writing at the University of San Francisco. Last summer, I took the first of two thesis classes, where you work one on one with an instructor. Your primary focus is to continue…

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