Why We Procrastinate (and How You Can Stop!)

I think one of the biggest questions I get asked is why we procrastinate. As writers, we want to complete these grandiose projects, but we can’t seem to get started. Original photo by Kari Shea¬† And while I have covered how to stop procrastinating before, I feel like it’s time for an update. I have […]

How to Stop Procrastinating: A Fool-Proof Way to Conquer the World

For the majority of my life, I felt I didn’t know how to stop procrastinating. I fell into the trap of putting stuff off, and kept telling myself that I needed the pressure to actually get shit done. Original photo by Milos Tonchevski This is stupid and false, and the same damn trap my students […]

Writing Only Gets Harder

Paradoxically, writing only gets harder the more you do it. Original photo by rawpixel.com You can practice for years. I’ve been actively writing since I was 8, and I can say conclusively that it’s harder to write now than it was then EVEN THOUGH NOW I CAN READ MULTI-SYLLABLE WORDS. You can dedicate several years […]

The 10 Stages of My Writing Process

The writing process is a mythical one. It’s a lot of emotional drudgery painstakingly scrawled on Post-Its purloined from former employers on my way out. It’s a lot half-full cups of cold coffee sloshing over the rim of the mug as I attack my keyboard with the fervor of 1000 feral cats. It’s a lot […]

What I learned in March

The sun is out, the wind is tornadic, and I’m downing Claritin like it’s my job. It must be spring time in Oklahoma. If you happen to be in the neighborhood and you have a second, could you help me destroy all the Bradford pears in the state? I’d greatly appreciate it. So would all […]