Thankful Thoughts and New Chapters

Thanksgiving was particularly timely this year. There is so much that I’m thankful for—health, family, friends—but I’m feeling especially grateful for the writing world as of late. I wrote my first full length novel when I was thirteen, and I was pretty sure it was...

BusyBusyBusy

Do you ever hear a song that just speaks to your soul? One of those tunes that gets stuck in your head for days on end, because whoever wrote it is clearly some parallel universe version of you? Like, a song that captures exactly how you’re feeling? For me, this song...

Interning at a Literary Agency

The Lowdown: This summer, I worked as an intern for a literary agency. So basically, I spent the whole summer reading, writing, and editing. And it was awesome.   Highlights: Working for some stellar agents and chatting with them about the publishing world...

Going Abroad Is Like Writing a Book

Ciao, amici! It’s been a while since I posted anything here, but I’d like to blame Italy. After the hastiest spring break of my life—two days spent in a flurry of unpacking and repacking—I stuffed my passport in my backpack, spun the dials on my hot pink, TSA-approved...

Kill Your Darlings

Oh, lovely blog. I’ve let you down. I missed the past few weeks of blog posts, thanks to a crazy hectic summer and a few too many hours in the editing den! Fortunately, I’m on the other side, feeling better than ever. It seems only fitting to post about...

Internal and External Motivation

Nothing drives a story like a determined character. But this is one of those things that’s easier to say than it is to actually incorporate into writing. I thought I understood what all these writerly types meant when they said to make a “strong, motivated” character....