Thoughts from Kathryn Stockett: From Book to Movie

Inspiration, Writing

While tearing through my closet on a great spring cleaning purge, I came across a legal pad. Unsurprisingly, it was from the college days. I flipped through just in case there was anything I might want to type into a more legible format and save. Between class notes with no headings or dates to clarify […]

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Bill Blume at AWCon 18: Characters Who Come Alive

Conferences and Conventions, Inspiration, Writing

Of the many reasons that contributed to the last-minute decision to attend the 2018 Agile Writers Conference in Richmond, VA, getting the chance to meet Bill Blume was the most exciting. For the longest time, I didn’t realize there was any kind of writing community in Virginia. It wasn’t until I graduated college and moved […]

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AWCon 18: Scott T. Allison on the Villain’s Journey

Conferences and Conventions, Inspiration, Writing

One of my favorite seminars at the 2018 Agile Writers Conference given by Dr. Scott T. Allison, a professor of psychology at the University of Richmond who has published extensively on heroism and leadership. I wondered if his talk, “The Villain’s Journey: How to Craft a Worthy Adversary to Your Hero,” would confirm some of […]

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Saying Goodbye: Words of Wisdom from Sarah Domet

Inspiration, Writing

Last night, I went to a conversation with authors Sarah Domet and Jonathan Rabb at The Book Lady Bookstore. The event promoted the paperback release of The Guineveres, Domet’s debut novel. For the umpteenth time, I crowded in with the rest of a gaggle of Savannah’s writing and reading community. Toward the end of the […]

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Mind your mental health at work


Writer's Life

More often than not, I see my friends and peers (especially my fellow SCAD writing grads) in the same boat: having to take on a job because, right now, it’s the only way to eat and pay the bills. Too often at the expense of mental health and well-being. The job hunt never really ends and a career as we might have imagined it rarely seems to exist.

February 3, 2020

Why Turning 26 is Really NBD


Writer's Life

For all the buildup to 25, it’s weird that I barely notice I’m turning 26 this month. It was such a cataclysmic milestone to be able to say I’m in my mid-20s. Now I’m suddenly looking down the barrel of mid- to late-20s. And I’m cool with it. That doesn’t sound right, does it? I’ve […]

September 11, 2019

Was a writing degree really worth it?


Writer's Life

I think one of the questions I see and hear most often for writers is whether it’s necessary to formally study writing in order to be a writer. Some people seem afraid that they’re unqualified, or that no one will take their book query seriously if their educational background isn’t tied to the craft of […]

February 24, 2019

KonMari-ing the Bookshelves of a Writer


Writer's Life

With the addition of “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” on Netflix, I’ve seen a lot of the writers I follow on social media get their hackles up in regards to discarding any of their books. We have a tendency to channel Gollum on even our best days when it comes to our precious books. Before […]

February 6, 2019