Ever since this past winter when I read Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus, I've been thinking a lot about absurdism. In his book, Camus argues that life is meaningless, there is no god, etc. Once a person leaves religion and is left with this hopelessness, the question Camus poses is: should a person kill herself in… Continue reading Writing is Religion
One of the most humbling experiences you can have as a writer is the realization that your manuscript will take many, many drafts before it is a novel. Confession: it took me a while to come to terms with this. I convinced myself I was some kind of special, rare breed who could get it right… Continue reading How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Center of This Story?
I imagine most people are busy making plans for Friday and throwing together last minute costumes, but my mind is more focused on the day after Halloween. November First is its own kind of holiday for me: day one of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. As a two-year veteran of NaNoWriMo, I've learned a… Continue reading Happy NaNoWriMo or Here We Go Again
I've been thinking a lot lately about storytelling and my constant need for it as a writer (go figure). I'm in the thick of it writing a new novel, and at times it becomes difficult for me to focus on the real world because my mind often wanders to my story. Being lost in my head… Continue reading Why We Tell Stories
For most of my time in graduate school, I was fortunate to hold a part-time job as a writer for student newspaper The Rearguard. I parlayed this opportunity into a way to interview some of the writers in Portland who inspire me. Throughout the summer, I'm going to post some of these memorable interviews, starting… Continue reading An Inspirational Conversation