Writing Advice & Exercises Category

To Write for Free or Not

As a working writer, it’s hard to work for free. I get it. But some times it’s good to write for free and some times it’s terrible. How do you know when it’s right to write for free? Here’s been my experience: When I first was starting out as a magazine writer, I had no […]

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A Reader’s Writing Questions

Recently a reader, Marlee Rubel, contacted me with some questions. Since I receive similar questions from readers, I thought I’d share my answers on my blog instead. Thanks Marlee for reading and asking some great questions! I’m always open to questions. Feel free to email me. Q: I’m interested in writing for a living (or […]

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What I Learned from Tina Fey

Tina Fey is my lady heroine and I don’t mean I want to smoke her and listen to jazz. I recently got to attend a Q&A with Tina Fey at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, talking about her new book, Bossypants, and discussing her creative processes. She’s an amazing lady—funny, smart, and she’s not […]

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How I Landed My Dream Job

I’ve worked at nonprofits, as a teacher (briefly), and producing legal newsletters. But it wasn’t until I thought about what I really wanted that I landed my dream job as an associate editor at VegNews magazine. I wanted to share this story because I know how hard it is do what we really want to […]

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Why Every Writer Needs an Editor

Now that I’m an editor at one of my favorite magazines, VegNews, I’m more acutely aware of why every writer needs an editor. As funny and as witty as we are as writers, we make mistakes. We get too insular. We forget that not everyone understands every single thing we write down. As a freelancer […]

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Introduction to Magazine Writing

Quite a few people email me about how to break into magazine writing or how to get published in a magazine. So instead of answering each email individually, I thought it was better to write a blog post and let everyone share in the information. And if you’ve written for magazines, please add your comments […]

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Applying for an MFA in Writing

A blog reader recently contacted me about applying to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Department since I went there for my BFA and MFA in dramatic writing. I’ll preface this by saying that I graduated 10 years ago so I don’t exactly have a handle on exactly what they are […]

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Reaching Your Goals, Part 2

In my last post I shared how I reflect on the year and then look forward to what I want in the coming year. Now, here’s Part 2 of my Reaching Your Goals post. It’s a little bit more involved than Part 1, which is why I broke it up. I call it my Life […]

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Reaching Your Goals, Part 1

I had a wonderful response to my honest-yet-uncomfortable blog post about writing jealousy. I loved everyone’s comments and the fact that for writers and other creatives, jealousy can be an uncomfortable truth. Here’s how I combat that problem. In that post, I mentioned that I would share what I do to attain my writing/life goals. […]

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