[Guest Post] Creative Ways to Battle Writer’s Block!

This morning, please welcome writer Ben Russel to The Procrastiwriter! His helpful thoughts on battling the all-consuming writer’s block will help you march past all kinds of creative impasses. Ben works … Continue Reading →

So I Failed at NaNo and Other Updates

Hi, friends. Here I am again. It’s been a wild six months. Here’s a brief summary. Cole moved to his crib. He hit his 4 month sleep regression and now … Continue Reading →

[Guest Post] Are YOU Cut Out to Be a Freelance Writer?

Today, please welcome Cassie Phillips to the blog! Cassie is a blogger for Secure Thoughts. She’s spent several years working as a freelance writer, so she’s very familiar with the … Continue Reading →

A New Podcast for Your Creative Self

I absolutely love podcasts. If you don’t, you should. These days, podcasts are essential to keep my creative fires from fading out under the weight of the rest of life. … Continue Reading →

Introducing My Newest Reason to Procrastinate!

Hi everyone. It’s been a damn sight six months since I’ve made a true, honest-to-goodness update. Except for eulogizing my favorite-ever writer, Pat Conroy, back in March, of course. I … Continue Reading →

A Eulogy for Pat Conroy, the Prince of Tides

Georgia-born literary novelist Pat Conroy died at his home last Friday, March 4, 2016. He was 70 years old. I’d nurtured the deeply personal dream of meeting him in person … Continue Reading →

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. -Emily Dickinson

Motivation Monday: When Your Characters Are Ready for New Experiences, and You Aren’t

Before I began to participate in the literary blogosphere, I had no idea that characters in novels sometimes did things their authors didn’t allow, or even anticipate. 

I don't work with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.

Motivation Monday: Is Inspiration Really for Amateurs?

Them’s fightin’ words, Chuck Close. Especially for me, since one of the things I love to do is get dormant writers writing.

I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. -Sharon Olds

Motivation Monday: Writing Age Is Just a Number

Who cares how old you were when you wrote and sold your first work?

I don't know why I started writing. I don't know why anybody does it. Maybe they're bored, or failures at something else. -Cormac McCarthy

Motivation Monday: A Cry of Pure Frustration.

The fact that you just flushed an entire writing notebook down the toilet, page by page, is completely normal and does not mean you should swear off writing forever. 

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