Challenges and Series · writing

5 Writing Excuses (and Why They’re All Lame)

Here’s the deal. I want to be a writer. I really do. Always have, probably always will. Even more, I want to be an author. Like, a real published author. With books and stuff. But here’s the thing: I can’t do it. I just can’t. And I have all the excuses for why I’ll never… Continue reading 5 Writing Excuses (and Why They’re All Lame)

Creativity · Handpicked Top Posts · NaNoWriMo · SeptNoWriMo · writing

5 Things SeptNoWriMo Taught Me about NaNoWriMo

This morning, I broke 60K words on my novel! I was really hoping to have written 65K over the month of September, but let’s stop and be real for a second… I have 60,000 words written towards my novel, all accomplished in the span of one month! I should really break out the champagne Irish… Continue reading 5 Things SeptNoWriMo Taught Me about NaNoWriMo

art · Creativity · writing

Writer’s Tip: Invisible Journaling

Journaling helps me process. But occasionally there’s something I need go write about that I just can’t let other people happen across. For a variety of reasons.  Rather than burning the paper or shredding it or coming up with some creative (and potentially ineffective) way to destroy my writing after it’s been written, I use… Continue reading Writer’s Tip: Invisible Journaling

Create Before 8 · NaNoWriMo · SeptNoWriMo · writing

How I built a writing habit (cat included)

Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to be an author. Maybe once or twice, I wanted to be a teacher, but mostly, I’ve just wanted to write. Tl;dr version: skip the back story and jump to the tips They started me young: my mother had me saying the ABCs at 18 months (I have… Continue reading How I built a writing habit (cat included)

101 Things · Challenges and Series · ROW80 · SeptNoWriMo · writing

Side-tracked by goal-setting

Procrastination at its finest, ladies and gents: getting too distracted in other goals that I don’t bother to work on the ones already under my belt. While browsing my Reader, I came across the Day Zero Project: 101 Things in 1001 Days, and I thought, that’s PERFECT (here’s my profile, if you’re interested in seeing… Continue reading Side-tracked by goal-setting

Catholic · community · Faith · Ministry · World Youth Day

Hope beyond Loneliness and Despair: A Reflection on World Youth Day

Another World Youth Day post. This one is out of order, but it’s been tugging on my heart, so I have to get it out there. While I was in Poland, it took me a good while to adjust to things: where was I supposed to lead, and when was I supposed to follow? Why… Continue reading Hope beyond Loneliness and Despair: A Reflection on World Youth Day