Writing Category

When People Tell You that You Can’t Become a Writer, Read This. Realize You Can Do It. Then Get Back to Work.

“All of those people who told you’d never become a writer because you come from a blue-collar background—they’re wrong. You can accomplish anything if you work hard. All those hardships, the depression, I would learn to harness into my work. Things would get better. The most important thing you can do for a teenager is […]

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Write What You Love

I loved this advice from authors from the LA Times book festival. Read a lot, write a lot, and don’t expect to make any money. I heed this advice as I dive back into a genre not generally known for being lucrative: playwriting. When I was in high school, I was lucky to attend a […]

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Why Indie Magazines Matter

I’m excited to share that my first feature article, “Indies Rock,” for VegNews magazine is in the May+June Media Issue currently on newsstands! While I love all magazines, I love supporting my favorite indie magazines, starting with Sassy when I was a teenager and now writing for publications such as VegNews, Bust, and others. I […]

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For Writers—5 Simple Rules for Pitching an Editor

As a writer and editor, I’ve been on both sides of pitching. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve seen other writers make mistakes too. Hey, we’re human, after all. From an editor’s point of view, I’d like to share some tips so that you don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made. 1. Read the magazine before […]

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When You’re Deadline: How NOT to Panic

As my readers can see, I’ve been MIA since November. To put it bluntly, I’ve been in a panic (read: deadline) with a manuscript due April 2. Before I became an editor at VegNews magazine, I was the features editor at Rangefinder magazine, a photography trade publication. Through my work at Rangefinder, I met Bambi […]

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How to Be a Full-Time Freelance Writer: An Interview with Laura Hooper Beck

Laura Hooper Beck is one of the funniest writers I know (and I live with a TV comedy writer). She’s smart, sassy, and honest. When I first read her “Ask Laura” column in VegNews magazine, before I even started working there, I looked forward to reading it every issue. Fast forward to present day, I […]

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Winning and Losing as a Writer

When my husband, Brendan Hay, told me that he was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Short-Form Animation Program for his writing on the Christmas Special for Robot Chicken, I nearly busted a gut. I pretty much told everyone on the planet that my husband was up for an EMMY (!!!) and got […]

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Balancing Work & Writing

I recently was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Hyphen, a San Francisco-based Asian American magazine, about being a full-time magazine editor and writer. Hyphen online Q&A editor Rachel Filipinas asked how I balance my time to juggle both careers. And often, my blog readers ask me the same thing. I wish I could say […]

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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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