My Writing

How I Knew I Was a Writer

When are you really a writer? When you're published? When you finish a novel? Nope! You're really a writer when writing stops being fun.

Being a writer is a funny thing. We wait and wait for some kind of outside validation—someone to tell us that we’re real writers now, not just hobbyists. Unfortunately, there’s no standard metric for when you become a writer, instead of just someone who likes to write. We have to figure it out all on […]

The Writer’s Guide to Themes and Motifs

Writers need a decent grasp on English literature, but in case you haven't been in a classroom for years, here's a quick crash course on themes, motifs, and other literary terms you may have forgotten.

I was writing along the other day, as you do, when Calliope & Co. blessed me with insight. All of my characters make horrible decisions fueled by good intentions. That sounds so h*cking fancy. What a great theme. Or is it a motif? It’s been a really long time since I was in an English class. Even […]

How Depression Made Me A Writer

Depression sucks. But it also helped to make me a writer. (But it also sucks, so, you know, don't try this at home.)

I have chronic depression. (Starting on a happy note, right?) It started in my freshman year of high school, receded about halfway through college, stayed away for several years, and has recently made a reappearance. Suddenly, I remember why I hated high school so much. It wasn’t just because of the petty drama, or the […]