How to find your writing voice
Think about writing like making a collage.
A collage is a bunch of scraps pulled together to create one whole piece of art. You can see all the individual parts in there, but they are presented together as one.
Think about writing like that.
When you write, you are choosing…
Opportunities come from action
Opportunities come from action.
If you are stuck and don’t know where to go: take some action in order to give yourself some options.
Don’t wait for it to fall in your lap. Where do you want to go? You might need to take a class, send an email, apply…
4 tips for writing an amazing resume
My first “real” job was working in a field, picking vegetables and killing tomato worms.Since then, I have had jobs as a waitress/bus girl, a pharmacy assistant, a greenhouse worker, a peer mentor, a data entry person, a communications coordinator, CBC intern and, yes, eight summers working at camp doing…
Letting go of good things
Do you think of letting go as a pathway to joy?
I generally equate saying no or letting go of opportunities as a negative thing. Acquisition of experience, relationships, work, or even personal goals has historically struck me as positive and healthy. Yesterday, though, I had an experience that made…
Follow the joy instead of success
I’m writing this on the second day of a new year, right smack in the middle of all the newness and goal-setting and hope for the next 12 months. Normally, I embrace the dreaming and ambition that the new year hands me. I love this season of possibility. This year,…
A trick to fix writing that sounds flat
One issue I have with “writer’s block” is that it is a vague excuse that blankets over more specific issues. Writer’s block is real, but there is a concrete list of reasons why you are being blocked and it isn’t because you are a writer. You need to identify what…
Why you should interview yourself
I believe in the healing power of transition spaces. The in-between times stuck in the middle of the ending and the beginning of seasons are sometimes itchy, uncomfortable spaces. They are also essential spaces.
Life operates according to rhythms of work and rest. Both are needed. If you work way…
4 things I learned in journalism school
I am about to graduate journalism school in a few months, and I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned during this degree. Journalism school will teach you everything from photography to PR skills to audio editing to writing, so it is like a grab bag of storytelling mediums. This is…
8 character traits that make a great writer
I have done many interviews over the past six years and I have learned that people like it when you listen to them. It may sound too obvious, but listening to people is an essential trait for a writer. You need to hear the story in what your…
When is the best time to write?
When is the best time to write?
Answer: whenever you can.
There is a romanticized notion that writing in the morning with a steaming cup of coffee or engaging a feverish, late night writing session is the way writing happens. Both of these situations are definite possibilities. But, really, there…