Writing Advice & Exercises Category

How to Maintain a Writing Schedule as a New Mom

As a new mom of twin girls (yup, two babies), the hardest thing — besides the sleep deprivation — is keeping up with my paid and passion writing projects. I’m still learning the ropes of how to do this, but I found that finding another writer mom has been super helpful. I asked my friend […]

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Creative Wisdom From David Bowie

   His music is iconic and timeless, but as a kid, I’ll always remember when my friend Meg and I watched Labyrinth a million times and LOVED when Bowie said, “Forget about the baby, Sarah.” That movie was magical, strange, and unforgettable. Artists will never die as long as we have their art. On Wednesday, […]

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5 Things Writers Wish You’d Understand

You wouldn’t ask a lawyer to review a contract for free. Stop asking me for my writing for your website/magazine/nonprofit for $0. I put my time, research, and energy into tracking down sources, interviewing people, researching, and then writing a piece. Why should I give that to anyone for exposure, a link to my website, or […]

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You Can Do This: Staying Motivated as a Creative

  A month ago, I got a Facebook message from a young writer named Haroon. I’ve known Haroon since he was 16 when he was an intern at an education nonprofit I worked for in New York City. Haroon asked me a few writing questions that evolved into this bigger discussion. With Haroon’s permission, I’m […]

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An Introvert’s Guide to Networking

I think this Daria GIF pretty much says it all. When I was a kid, I was so shy that I used to hide my face under a couch pillow when adults came over to the house. I once dressed as a silent ghost for Halloween in second grade and talked to no one, not […]

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5 Great Podcasts For Writers & Creative Folks

One of my favorite things is listening to podcasts while driving, cooking, and getting ready in the morning. As a writer and journalist, I love listening to stories. They inspire me and help me learn something new. One of my favorite poets, Nikki Giovanni, said in a talk before a reading of her latest collection, […]

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Saying Yes to Yourself

Two weeks ago I wrote about a time I said yes that changed my life (see The Night I Said Yes To Kissing My Best Friend). My fellow writer friend Melissa Sarno wrote this beautiful blog post about saying yes to herself as a writer, after getting several no’s. If you have a moment, read […]

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Make Your Own Writer’s Retreat

This past weekend, I took three days to myself and created my own writing residence/meditative retreat. Last fall was a wonderful time professionally, but a tough time personally. At my husband’s encouragement, I decided to book a cute Airbnb in Santa Barbara with access to a private beach as a vacation by myself. I set […]

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5 Tips for Dealing With Fear as a Creative Person

Fear comes up almost daily for me when I’m just about to write. Fear says things like: you can’t do this, nothing will ever come of this, you’re going to fail. One of the best things I’ve learned from author and motivational speaker Gabrielle Bernstein is that FEAR is False Expectations Appearing Real. Unlike a horror […]

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Thank You For Reading

As a writer, a lot of my time is spent alone—contemplating, rewriting, brainstorming, pitching, and ruminating. A month ago, a personal essay I wrote for BuzzFeed about my miscarriage sparked an enormous response from women and men. I had received dozens of emails from all over the world, tweets, and Facebook messages from women who […]

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