Looking for a gift for one of your writer friends (or, let’s be real here, yourself, it’s fine, it’s all fine)? I’ve put together a list of ideas for the writer or book lover in your life! Happy shopping! 1. An entry fee to my favorite writing contest. You pay the entry fee and the writer gets an email letting them know they can register … Continue reading 2019 Gift Guide: Ideas for Your Favorite Writer and Book Lover
I am a really big fan of choosing a Word for the Year rather than making New Year’s Resolutions. Have you tried this yet? I talked a bit about it last year on the vlog, and I’m already trying to decide what I’m going to pick for 2020. Choosing one word rather than laying out a specific resolution gives you more freedom to use that … Continue reading Word for the Year: The Three Word Approach
I interrupt my usual agenda of pep talks to bring you what is absolutely going to sound like a commercial, but I promise I haven’t been paid. It’s not an ad. It just looks like one. Here we go. Several months ago, my friend Kelsey told me about Pacemaker, which calls itself a flexible goal planner for writers and students (but check it out even … Continue reading Pacemaker.Press: A Flexible Goal Planner for Writers (and anyone else)
Oh my gosh when I see it in writing it seems like I’m talking about someone else. FORTY. I don’t consider 40 old. At all. I just thought I’d feel more adult-like by forty. My mom, who is 66, says that she still doesn’t feel adult-like; so maybe this is just life, and we’re all secretly kids wandering the world in our grownup suits. Forty … Continue reading Today, I am 40.
Here’s a thing that’s been on my mind lately. It seems like, as we get older, we stop allowing ourselves to explore new things. I hear a lot of “I’m too old for that” or “What’s the point at my age?” or “But Megan, my hip replacement is next week.” I attended a local blogger event last weekend, and even caught myself having those thoughts. … Continue reading It’s Okay to Be a Beginner AKA No One Cares About You
I’ve had a ritual the last few years where I try to watch a scary movie every weekday in October. (I do weekdays so I can watch while the kids are at school, and I typically watch the movies at 7am, right after my youngest gets on the school bus. The added bonus is if the movie scares me to death, that will have mostly … Continue reading Megan’s Movie Marathon
Remember back in January, when we talked about choosing a Word for the Year? I chose the word Go, and several of you chimed in with words of your own. The idea of a Word for the Year is that it gives you more of a focus for the year, one word to guide you as you go wherever life leads you, rather than setting … Continue reading Word for the Year: An Update!
When it comes down to it, it’s pretty hard to tell a completely original story. In the most basic sense, stories are made up of the same pieces—a protagonist with a goal, an antagonist in the way of the goal, and the journey the protagonist goes on to either succeed or fail in getting that goal. A young kid finds out he/she is magical and … Continue reading Someone Already Wrote My Book (And Other Lies You Tell Yourself)
Five years ago, I attended a writing retreat with a large group of authors who all debuted in 2014. We spent a long weekend working and writing and talking about goals. One night, we were asked to talk about where we hoped to be in five years. There were a variety of answers: I want to sell foreign rights to my work. I want to … Continue reading Celebrate the Steps
I love music. We all know that, right? I mean, I obsess over it. I can get lost for hours in my Spotify Discovery and New Release Radar playlists. I constantly browse live music shows near me. One time, at Thanksgiving, when my mom asked us all to say something we’re thankful for, I said music. (My brother made endless fun of me for it, … Continue reading Megan Whitmer: The Soundtrack