On Writing for a Living (or How I Didn’t Become a Writer)

Once upon a time, I was a girl who dreamed of becoming a writer—that is, for the purposes of this post, one I will define as someone who does writing as a fulltime profession, or at least has published a book. Since the time I was about 10 y.o., I had been an active campus […]

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Why I Blog (A Ranking of 4 Motives)

“Putting aside the need to earn a living, I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose. They exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions will vary from time to time, according to the atmosphere in which he is living.” ~ George […]

Why I Suck at Writing Fiction

When people learn I like writing, many of them assume I write fiction. But I don’t. I like telling stories, but for some reason I can’t seem to produce fiction. I know, because I’ve tried (and failed miserably, haha). The only stories I seem to be capable of writing are the ones that have actually […]

Towards Vulnerability

This entry is part of my undertaking a 30-day challenge Matt Cutts talked about at TED2011. The premise is to “think about something you’ve always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days.” I am challenging myself to post one blog entry a day for 30 consecutive days. Today is Day […]

The Creative Agony

I plan to take on a writing project soon, so I’ve been trying to challenge myself to take on creative exercises, like take random things and write 500-word essays about them. (So forgive me, but in the next couple of weeks, you might be seeing a lot more blog posts from me than you would […]

Published! (The YoungBlood Experience)

Picture a scene, set a decade ago, of a young girl sitting somewhere in a dusty library, reading a column in the opinion page of a national newspaper, getting inspired, and vowing, “Someday, I’ll get published here too.” Then picture her ten years later, getting published in that same column. Talk about incredible full-circle moments […]

Unbecoming a Writer

There was a time, not too long ago, when I couldn’t have imagined calling myself a writer—and by “writer,” I mean the kind that gets paid to do work that’s actually published in print and credited through a byline. During that time, I did write, but I only wrote either for personal reasons (in a […]