Writing Advice & Exercises Category

My 5 Favorite Tools for Writing

I’m the type of writer who thrives on organization. I love The Container Store. As a freelancer, I have to be organized in order to get paid, regularly have assignments, and turn in work on time. As a writer, I use these tools to keep me on track. 1. Scrivener When faced with feedback from […]

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How to Find the Time to Write

I was chatting with a writing friend about the day job dilemma as a writer. How do you find the time to write when you work full-time, just had a baby, or you have 18 million other things you must do? Before I went freelance full-time, I worked full-time for 12 years while writing at […]

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Setting Your Writing Goals for the New Year

As each new year approaches, it’s great to sit down on reflect on what you’ve done and what you want to do. At the end of every year, I make a list of goals for the new year. Not just new year’s resolutions, but yearlong goals in writing, personal, and creative. I find the act of […]

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5 Tips for Submitting Your Writing

  As someone who pitches editors, and also reviews literary submissions for a local theater, I am both the one submitting my work and reviewing work that’s sent for submission. My husband, who is a TV writer, and I talk about how important it is to present your writing as if your submission were going […]

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How to Use Pinterest as a Writer

I love this infographic about creativity, which is why I’m sharing it with you, dear reader. I couldn’t agree more, especially with #14. Though I do agree with #4, there are some things I really love about writing on my MacBook Air. One of them is Pinterest. Pinterest is one of those fun things that […]

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9 Simple Tips for Writing Clearer & Cleaner

As an editor and writer, I understand the importance of having someone else edit your work. As an editor, I often see the same mistakes—writers trying to sound writerly and the wild misuse of punctuation. After editing countless articles and copy editing manuscripts, here are some common things I see writers do all the time. […]

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5 Tips for Editing Your Own Writing

As a former magazine editor, I often spent my time editing other people’s work, which became a great learning tool when I edited my own work. Before becoming a magazine editor, I was very precious about my words like I CAN’T POSSIBLY CHANGE THAT SENTENCE. But as a freelance writer, my editor’s notes are king. […]

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Interview with Author & Rookie Staff Writer Stephanie Kuehnert

  I’m excited to share my interview with author and Rookie staff writer Stephanie Kuehnert who recently sold a memoir that sounds super fascinating. If you don’t know Rookie, the amazing online magazine, then you should because it’s the best. Stephanie had a lot of great things to say about her writing process, her career, […]

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Five Tips for Getting a Personal Essay Published

In March 2013, I sent a personal essay to an editor at MARIE CLAIRE. She expressed interest in it and asked to see a draft. We went back and forth, and then she brought it to her executive editor. She and the executive editor found one sentence in my draft that they were interested in turning […]

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In the TV Writers’ Room: An Interview with Theo Travers

I’ve interviewed quite a few lady TV writers so I thought it was time to interview a guy. Not just any guy. Theo Travers is a writer on Showtime’s House of Lies and all-around nice dude. Theo and I went to NYU together, and I swear that he hasn’t aged at all. Theo was kind enough to […]

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