5 Lessons from a Young Writer

By Hannah Howe Note: Hannah Howe interned with me this spring during her final semester of college. She did a fine job and offers these lessons gleaned through her college and internship experiences.  During the past several years, I’ve pursued a BA in writing and interned with both Breathe Christian Writers Conference and AB WritingContinue reading “5 Lessons from a Young Writer”

The Professional Writing Life by Intern 1 (Sarah Traill)

During my months with Ann, I’ve had time to see the professional writing life up close. Here are a few of her tips: First, have a master plan. Make sure to write down all your tasks and deadlines. If you don’t write them down, you’re liable to forget! Once you have everything written down, makeContinue reading “The Professional Writing Life by Intern 1 (Sarah Traill)”

The Benefits of Retreat

Last summer my writing group visited my parents’ cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We scattered around inside and out in the mornings to work on our writing projects; in the afternoon we went on an adventure. In the evenings we talked and laughed. What a wonderful time away in a place that demands relaxation andContinue reading “The Benefits of Retreat”

Lessons from Moving Office

I recently inherited a bedroom left vacant by Kid 3, who took Kid 1’s bedroom when she moved into an apartment. This empty bedroom has become my new office. It was no easy task to move a decade’s worth of stuff from my small office on the main floor to this vast expanse on theContinue reading “Lessons from Moving Office”

2016: Books I’m Glad I Read

I keep track of the books I read each year. There’s no particular reason except that I like to look back and see what I read. I read 37 books in 2003, the year I had 3- and 5-year old boys and 11- and 13-year-old girls. In 2013 I read 57. In 2016, 60. AboutContinue reading “2016: Books I’m Glad I Read”

A Writer’s Give-Thanks List

This Thanksgiving weekend is a fine time to give thanks for the good things in a writer’s life. You may not have a published book or even a byline yet, but there are still a fair number of writerly things for which to be thankful. Reference Materials. Maybe a good thesaurus isn’t at the topContinue reading “A Writer’s Give-Thanks List”

The Q&A: Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin’s writing space. Love the old typewriter on the shelf. One of the best parts of my job as a freelance writer and literary agent is meeting writers and talking to them about their books and writing lives. I’m delighted to share that information with you as an occasional feature on this blog. IContinue reading “The Q&A: Lynn Austin”