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Look Close: Success Lies in Your Failures

Lately, I’ve been hearing this word from writers: failure. As in, “Let’s throw in the towel on this failure of an experiment.” Or, “I feel like a failure because I’m taking four months instead of three to finish this phase of my project.” Trust me. I know this feeling well. I didn’t meet my goalContinue Reading

Your Struggles Are Some of Your Greatest Strengths

When I was in graduate school, my thesis–a memoir about my divorce–earned distinction. It was an awesome award, but when I turned it in, I wasn’t hoping for anything like that. I was simply terrified. Writing that book was the hardest thing I’d ever done. In it, I admitted that I didn’t want to be married.Continue Reading

You Are Enough

I had this idea that I was going to finish the next draft of my novel by Thanksgiving. But according to my calendar, that’s only a week away, and I’m still working to get clear on some major plot lines. The only thing I know for sure is that a week isn’t going to cutContinue Reading

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