Category: Writing Life

February 15, 2017



Ideal Day: Wake up like the glorious writer/princess I am. Have doves dress me. Their feathers inspire an entire series, probably a future Bestseller.

Reality: Snooze.


7:00 – 7:30

Have a breakfast full of protein, and carbs that are actually good for me, to power an entire day of writing.

Snooze. Snooze. Snooze.


7:30 – 9:00

With hot coffee in hand, I begin refreshing my memory of yesterday’s writings. Think, “wow, I’m a genius, but there are some very small changes that will be super easy to implement to make me even more of a genius.” Write for 1.5 hours without getting distracted by Twitter or Instagram, because I have a laser-like focus.

Snooze until 8:00. Wait, I was supposed to be awake an hour ago? Why did I think I could do that when I stayed up all night watching YouTube videos? Decide to cook eggs while rereading yesterday’s writings. Repeat firstdraftsaresupposedtosuck firstdraftsaresupposedtosuck until I believe it. Accidentally spill coffee on keyboard.


9:00 – 9:30

Take a small break, but only to reference an award-winning non-fiction book pertinent to my current WIP. Find exactly what I need with little effort, as if magic.

Frantically search Google for the answer to my random “what if?” question that will never come up in my story. Find semi-appropriate article on Wikipedia.


9:30 – 11:00

Back to writing. 1000 words of beautiful prose appear on my manuscript. I have somehow found the answer to the age old question “how do I make a believable YA love story when the novel spans only a week and they just met?”

Wikipedia has taken over my life, I have somehow ended up on a page about Mouse Rat, a band from the show Parks and Rec. Think, “wow, I should really rewatch that, I wonder if I have time to start today (but only from Season 2, because Season 1 is the worst).” Look at clock. Realize I have wasted an hour of precious writing time in a Wikipedia spiral. Gaze longingly at TV, promising myself an episode if I write for the next half hour.


October 3, 2016

If you’re following me on social media, you’ll know that I recently attended the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin. (And if you’re not following me on social media, you should! I’m obviously hilarious and obviously not biased.)

This isn’t the first book festival I’ve attended, but it’s the first in a few months and OH. MY. GOD. It was AMAZING.


But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s rewind.