What Writers Do in Times of Crisis

What Writers Do in Times of Crisis
Apr 01, 2020

I sat down to write this post and have now written four openings and ditched them all.

Research While Writing: Handle With Care!

Research While Writing: Handle With Care!
Mar 04, 2020

Today, March 4, is the official Boston launch of my second novel, This Terrible Beauty.

Is Productivity Always Good for Writers?

Is Productivity Always Good for Writers?
Feb 05, 2020

How long does it really take to write a book? From beginning the first draft to seeing it on bookshelves?

It's the New Year! Some Writerly Resolutions

It's the New Year! Some Writerly Resolutions
Jan 01, 2020

Last year, I didn't make any New Year's resolutions.

What I Learned from Editing

What I Learned from Editing
Dec 04, 2019

In the past few years, I've done an enormous amount of editing. 

Insider Advice from Newly Published Authors

Insider Advice from Newly Published Authors
Nov 06, 2019

The first time you publish a book, it’s a pretty surreal experience.

On the Virtues & Vices of Being a "Pantser" vs a "Plotter"

On the Virtues & Vices of Being a "Pantser" vs a "Plotter"
Oct 02, 2019

I write a lot, more true than this list even makes it sound, because so, so, SO much of my writing goes nowhere.

Ten Writing Rules That Will Improve Your Life

Ten Writing Rules That Will Improve Your Life
Sep 04, 2019

Stick to a daily word count. Take more writing classes. Write twenty more queries. Yada Yada.

How to Survive Writing a Book: The Rollercoaster of Engagement

How to Survive Writing a Book: The Rollercoaster of Engagement
Aug 07, 2019

It recently occurred to me that writing a first draft is not unlike revitalizing a room.

How to Know When to Quit Your Novel

How to Know When to Quit Your Novel
Jul 03, 2019

Last year, I was thinking a lot about this question as it relates to writing: When is it okay to give in and give up?

Rules for Writing Good Fiction

Rules for Writing Good Fiction
May 08, 2019

In the most recent New Yorker, Teddy Wayne wrote an article called “Eight Rules for Writing Fiction.” Wayne’s rules got me thinking of my own personal version of his eight rules.

Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 2

Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 2
Apr 03, 2019

What’s launching your book really like? 

Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 1

Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 1
Mar 06, 2019

What's launching your book really like? 

The Truth about Book Readings

The Truth about Book Readings
Feb 06, 2019
When we think about launching our books, we dream of doing readings (among other things like catching sight of our books in airports, and, of course, getting on bestseller lists), but in this day and age why are readings still so important to us?

Writers are Thieves--When Do They Go Too Far?

Writers are Thieves--When Do They Go Too Far?
Jan 16, 2019

When writing the fiction of violence, Katrin Schumann finds that there are no easy answers about how to get it right. This article first appeared in CrimeReads.

Countdown to Launch!

Countdown to Launch!
Jan 04, 2019

What's it's really like for authors in the months before launching a new book into the marketplace?

Your #1 Secret Weapon: Writing Communities

Your #1 Secret Weapon: Writing Communities
Jan 02, 2019

Building a supportive network takes time and courage. It's worth starting to cultivate community early on, even if your instinct or your preference is to work alone. This post first appeared on Jane Friedman.  (Photo credit Eden Project Communities on Foter.com / CC BY)

Starting from Scratch: Staring Down the Blank Screen

Starting from Scratch: Staring Down the Blank Screen
Nov 07, 2018

What happens when, after a long time writing and editing, you once again find yourself at the beginning of an entirely new project?

Is it Time to Re-Assess Your Writing Habits?

Is it Time to Re-Assess Your Writing Habits?
Oct 03, 2018


Sometimes change is good.

When Stumbling on a Book Can Change Your LIfe

When Stumbling on a Book Can Change Your LIfe
Sep 18, 2018

When finding an inspiring book gives you courage to keep going with your own nutty ideas.