August 28, 2017
Writing Alone and Out Loud
I’ve always wanted to be the type of person who writes in coffee shops. A few years ago, I was visiting a friend in LA and I had one goal: to sit in a coffee shop and write. It felt like the LA thing ...
August 26, 2017
John Hodgman, My Literary Hero
A LIST OF THINGS THAT I LOVE ABOUT JOHN HODGMAN, MY LITERARY HERO.(ALSO, PLEASE DON’T EVER TURN OUT TO BE A BAD PERSON.)1) John Hodgman worked as a literary agent at Writers House in New York ...
August 24, 2017
Revising Your Vomit Draft
Every time I sit down to revise a new picture book (aka vomit draft), I can’t remember how to do it. How can I turn something terrible into something better? How do I make things actually happen in ...
August 21, 2017
Interview with John Martz
Today we’re talking to author-illustrator, cartoonist and designer John Martz!John has written and illustrated several children’s books including Burt’s Way Home and A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, ...
August 20, 2017
Finish Your Vomit Draft Now
After I posted my last entry, I felt like I didn’t spend enough time talking about why it’s so important for you to finish your vomit draft.How many times have you read a book and thought, “How ...
August 10, 2017
Writing 101 as Inspired by Improv and Life
I’m hoping the tips in this post will be really helpful to beginner writers—people who have always wanted to write but just don’t sit down to write consistently for whatever reason. People who don’t ...
August 04, 2017
A few months ago I quit my safe, reliable customer service job at Starbucks to focus on writing. I’d just received a grant and I was ready to go full-throttle towards finally writing a book. Those last ...
August 03, 2017
Improv Taught Me How to Craft a Story
I know a lot of people who want to write books who don’t actually do any writing. It’s a curious thing to want to do something you don’t do. I used to be one of those people, so I say that with ...