8 Lessons I Learned from Going to My First Writing Conference

In the first week of July, I went to my first writing conference, the annual LA conference with the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.) And holy cow, did I learn. I learned so much I feel as though my head will never stop spinning. As I decompress, refine my goals, and stare … Continue reading 8 Lessons I Learned from Going to My First Writing Conference

12 Lessons I Learned from Writing My First Book

Ever since I was a kid, my dream was to be an author. I scribbled stories in notebooks, daydreamed about pirates and mermaids, and devoured any fantasy book I came across. But as much as I loved writing, I never finished anything longer than a short story. Understatement of the year: writing a book is … Continue reading 12 Lessons I Learned from Writing My First Book

Call Yourself a Writer: How to Honor Yourself in Spite of Doubt

Say you walk into a coffee shop. You find someone scribbling in a notebook, tap them on the shoulder, and ask them what they’re doing. “I’m writing,” they might say, or, “I’m journaling.” “Oh!” you say brightly. “So you’re a writer?” They shake their head vigorously and laugh. “No, I wouldn’t say that.” Writers doubt … Continue reading Call Yourself a Writer: How to Honor Yourself in Spite of Doubt

Inspiration Masterpost: Stuff to Read and Watch When You’re Feeling Low

We all have our favorite things we turn to when we’re feeling low. Maybe you scoop up a big bowl of ice cream or settle in with your favorite movie. Consider this post a giant helping of ice cream—meant to comfort, encourage, and inspire you when you feel like giving up on your writing. These … Continue reading Inspiration Masterpost: Stuff to Read and Watch When You’re Feeling Low