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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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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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Some Writing Truths Told in GIFs

What I Feel Like When Someone Asks Me To Write For Free What People Think I Do as a Freelance Writer and Editor What I Actually Do as a Freelance Writer and Editor What It Feels Like When Something I’ve Written Is Published What I Tell Myself When Pitching an Editor What It Feels Like […]

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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 Keep Writing

Ah, Ira Glass. You are one of my favorite storytellers. This American Life has made me laugh, cry, and wonder. His beautiful summation of the trickiness of creativity is exactly the reminder I need to keep going. Here’s the thing: I’ve been writing since I was in second grade. I’ve had success and a lot […]

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Write a Letter to Yourself

I was inspired to write a letter to myself after my friend Leanne—the brilliant fashion designer of the vegan, eco-friendly company Vaute Couture—posted a letter on Facebook she wrote to herself to read when she felt like quitting. I must confess that the past few weeks, it’s been hard to be a writer. A few […]

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Make a List of What You’re Grateful For

I must admit that as a writer some times I get stuck in the waiting and frustration that can come with putting my work out there. It’s tough to put your creativity out into the world. I get stuck in the WHY ISN’T ANYTHING HAPPENING RIGHT THIS SECOND. My dear friend Jaya shared with me […]

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How to Write Something Funny

Here’s a confession: I don’t think I’m a funny writer. I love comedy. I think it’s incredibly hard to write comedy, but me, funny? No. At NYU, I took a TV writing sitcom class with the brilliant Charlie Rubin (a Seinfeld writer) and after the first class, I told him, “I have no idea what […]

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5 Tips for Networking as a Writer by Guest Blogger Eric Loo

I’m excited to share this post by guest blogger Eric Loo. Eric is a playwright, teacher, and TV writer who I met at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts when we were both studying dramatic writing. I always admired that Eric was able to get out there and talk about his writing and […]

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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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