Most challenging parts of being a writer

Thursday, January 9, 2020

There are definite challenges to the path of being a creative writer. A lot of them are so widely agreed as horrible, that most humans are against the entire profession because of them! I love when I’ll meet a new human and I tell them I’m a writer, and they’ll immediately tell me how the have an idea for a screenplay or a novel and any day now it might…

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Pay the writers

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The most challenging part of being a writer is the fact that there’s not a lot of money in it. I wish I had a better answer. I wish I could wave my hand and fix capitalism so that the authors of my favorite novels could do things like eat and drive and pay the mortgage. I wish there was a more equal spread of author pay, instead of it…

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Writing. It’s Not a Bad Gig, Actually

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

We’re talking about the hardest part of being a writer this week. But all things considered, being a writer isn’t particularly hard, at least compared to the other jobs I’ve had. In contrast, the challenges in teaching are myriad (and well documented, may I say, in Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes, out in just twenty-seven (!!OMG!!) days from Berkley). I miss a lot of things about teaching–daily interactions with my…

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The Most Challenging Part of Being a Writer Can be Summed Up in One Word

Monday, January 6, 2020

Patience—The hardest part of being a writer is having patience—the continuous effort and courage in the face of success, failure, rejection, and long stretches of time waiting for positive results. Patience in the face of success: In 2012 I was thrilled to have an essay I’d written about how I met my husband published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game. For the first time, a story I’d…

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Interview and book giveaway: Molly Greeley, Author of The Clergyman’s Wife

Saturday, January 4, 2020

I am thrilled to welcome Molly Greeley to the Ball this week! I met Molly virtually in an online group for debut authors, and she strikes me as kind, genuine, and hardworking. Follow her on Instagram for a sneak peek at the writing life alongside three children, a couple of cats, and whole lotta Jane Austen enthusiasm. Her novel, THE CLERGYMAN’S WIFE has many rave reviews, but I especially like…

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My Great Writing Resolution…

Friday, January 3, 2020

Every year, I start a new journal. I love the clean page, writing Jan 1 (although not the creeping years slowly). I think I started my first journal more than two decades ago. Let’s just say it was not in this millennium. “A new year! New Resolutions!” I would state, even though they were usually the same resolutions. Write a book. Lose Weight   Well, this year I don’t have…

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New Years Resolution from Oshun

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Years, Dears! This New Year, yes, I do have dreams related to my novel launch (more on that in a few weeks, I promise). But one of my most personal New Year’s Resolutions is to become more open hearted to love. I have been on a steady ‘single lady’ streak for the last 6 years. It’s been a stretch in the solo lane, but I genuinely value that…

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All the things you can (and can’t) control

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, just like some of the other Debs. “Lose weight” usually ends three weeks in when I twist my ankle on the treadmill and remember that pasta exists. “Spend less” makes me shriek with laughter, since I’m a homeowner. I’d love to “learn a new hobby,” except that between keeping the baby alive and keeping my career alive, I barely have time to…

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