The Jonas Brothers Breakup My Life Needed

It’s around sundown on the afternoon of October 28, 2013, when my uncle breaks the long silence to ask if I’m ok. That’s one of the things I like most about him: he can be as melodramatic as a sixteen-year-old girl. I try to laugh it off--I’m fine. I’m not a little girl anymore. It’s … Continue reading The Jonas Brothers Breakup My Life Needed

3 Beginnings

I’ve been thinking a lot about beginnings lately. What makes a “good” beginning? What makes an effective beginning? As I start to think about where I might begin my own novel, I’m driven to remember some of my favorite literary beginnings. So, in this post, I will break down three of my favorite opening scenes … Continue reading 3 Beginnings

What If It’s A Novel?

“What if it’s a novel?” someone--I can’t remember who--said. There it was: the dreaded comment I had been anticipating from the moment I handed my story in for workshop. In the four years I had been in college, I’d taken countless writing workshops, some for prose, some for scripts, and always with predictable results. By … Continue reading What If It’s A Novel?

I Miss Breathing

Dear Reader, I am writing this from rock bottom. Well. Technically, I’m writing this on my MacBook Pro, from the comfort of an IKEA desk. So, safe to say my idea of rock bottom is fairly cushy. The thing is, I’m unhappy. Plain and simple. I don’t have my shit together, and I never have. … Continue reading I Miss Breathing