Writing groups should be supportive, not a bunch of soul-crunching bullies.

Earlier this month, I saw this tweet from author Heather Carlson: https://twitter.com/Hezzah/status/1229071090821009411 My response was: https://twitter.com/CaitGAuthor/status/1229578290869886978 I've written before about gatekeepers who push the everyone-must rules. You know, like the infamous tripe, "You must write every day." Not only are those types of statements just plain wrong, they are also classist, ableist, and a whole …

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Photo of me dressed as the Mad Hatter, then five books: Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland, We Shall Be Monsters, Nothing Without Us, The Stealth Lovers, Life in the ’Cosm. And a figure of Captain Marvel and her "cat."

Taking Time Out to Smell the Pages

We writers are an interesting lot. Before our first work is published, it's often all we can think about. And if it gets published, we're so squeeful. That's the adorable part about us. Then something happens after we're published. We tend to look around us, and watch how many other writers are out there, seemingly …

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What To Do When You’re Not Writing Enough

First, ask yourself: What the heck does enough even mean? In my opinion, a dangerous game to play is the comparison game. Before anything else, I recommend the following self-check: Am I forcing myself to fit someone else's writing routine?Am I putting unrealistic expectations on myself?Am I being influenced by "bullies" who tell me to drop …

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I took a March break for self-care. Here’s what I learned.

SPLAAAAT! That was the sound of my existence two weeks ago. I'd been juggling different assignments and got to the point where my brain went on strike. I literally couldn't make any decisions about work-related things. My mind and body united in a resounding, "NOPE!" By now you all pretty much know I'm a disabled …

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My manuscript and I need to sneak away together!

I’ve not been writing as much as I’d like these days. It’s not that I don’t want to complete The Stealth Lovers, it’s just that work has been constant these past few months. Not that I’m complaining; I love how my day job involves editing manuscripts. There’s nothing like giving other authors joy when they see …

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Am I an author or just an innocent bystander?

Wow. I had no idea Viv was anything like that at 19. Never saw it coming! The quote above is not a beta-reader’s comment about my work-in-progress of The Stealth Lovers. Those are my words. Yeah, I know. But, but, but … how can an author react like this when she's the one writing the story? Beats me, …

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WRITE EVERY DAY! Or not.

Some writers are able-bodied. Some have disabilities that impair cognitive function. Some can blaze on the keyboard with ease. Others have too much pain to type or even sit up to use their dictation software. If you command that all writers must write every single day, can you see how this might be an ableist thing? Maybe let’s not assume everyone’s life is exactly the same.

Everyone’s writing, and I’m all like…

Ever feel like everyone's writing but you? I do. Now that I’m published and have all these new writer friends and acquaintances on social media, I’m able to read updates about their word journeys. To me it feels like they’re constantly writing. Meanwhile, I’m all like, Yeah, I need to lie down now.  After working intensely on Life in …

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Insecurity, Thy Name is Writer

Boing, boing, boing! There goes my confidence as it bounces out the door. I assumed colossal bouts of insecurity would only happen during the writing of my first book and there was no need for me to repeat those feelings the second time round. Surely, I've learned so much from the previous experience, right? Wrong. And don't call me …

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