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Trying not to stress out about book / career stuff

Like everyone, I get stressed about stuff. I worry. I try not to, but it’s difficult. I’m trying my best to just accept the stress. Like, yes, maybe my book will flop. Maybe I won’t be able to sell my MG novel. Who knows? These things happen. Because the alternative is to go around and […]

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I do not use shame and anxiety to motivate myself

So, it looks like November is going to be my least productive month of this year*. In fact, unless I make some kind of push over the next three days (don’t worry, I’ll make it), this is probably going to be my lowest-productivity month since January of 2011, which was the month that I left […]

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Status Anxiety and the Semi-Successful Writer

My first pro sale was just about four years, to Nature. Then I didn’t sell anything else for the better part of two years, until I sold a story to Redstone in March of 2010. Since then I’ve been selling stories at a gradually accelerating pace. And that’s been pretty nice, actually. But it’s also […]

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I’ve gone one full year without missing a day of writing

I’m not really sure what I did on July 6th, 2011, but I can definitely tell you that I didn’t write or revise any fiction. However, that was the last day on which I made that particular mistake. It was sometime in November of 2011 or so that I realized that I’d gone a significant […]

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Coming to grips with the worst-case scenario for my writing career

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about worst-case scenarios. Any reader of my blog has to have noticed that I’ve had a fair amount of writing success lately (and there’ve been other great things that I haven’t mentioned, like a revision request from an editor; an invitation to submit to a closed anthology; […]

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Coping with my own desire to always be in the midst of writing a totally awesome story

So, I haven’t completed a story since the 3rd of March (two whole weeks ago!) and that one was just a flash fiction. I haven’t completed a story that I really felt good about since February 14th (five weeks ago! An eternity!) What’s more, right now I don’t really feel like writing more stories. I […]

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The gift that I recently received from my horrible writerly anxiety

I’ve been feeling a lot of anxiety lately about my writing. I’m not sure whether it’s actually worse than normal or if I’ve just had an unnatural ten month or so cessation of my usual writerly anxiety. Either way, I really dislike this feeling. I hate staying up at night, worrying about what some editor […]

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