Ten minutes. I stare at her from my window, rehearsing the conversation in my head. It’s been two weeks since I spotted her on that bench. I’d just gotten off a particularly frustrating phone call with a client when I glanced outside, and there she was. She was pretty, of course. I know that now.… Continue reading The Girl on the Bench
As most of you know, writing is my side gig. It's the thing I make time for because I love it—and while I do make some income from it, it isn't a lot. That’s okay, because that’s not why I do it. I have a regular day job, doing marketing and social media work for… Continue reading Patreon: What Is It, Why Did I Start One, and Why Should You Join?
When people read my first book, BETWEEN, I usually get a message that asks, "Is there a sequel?" I've mostly avoided the question, because for years it's been a complicated "Yes and no," but today I get to say, "Yes! There is!” BETWEEN told the story of 17-year-old Charlie as she travels through the Between… Continue reading Coming Soon: ELLAURIA by Megan Whitmer
It's been a while, I know. It wouldn't be true to say that the pandemic shut me down—I've been staying busy, and pretty dedicated to the self-care routines that keep my mind (and creativity) in a good place. It's just that, with the situation we're all facing at the moment (where 2020 is THE WORST),… Continue reading It’s Time for a Pep Talk
There is something so funny to me about people who say, "I'm not creative." Trust me, you're creative. You don't have a choice. It's the way we were made. We've all got it in us, some of us are just more used to thinking of ourselves in that light than others. Creativity has a lot… Continue reading Five Ways to Spark Your Own Creativity
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… Continue reading Pacemaker.Press: A Flexible Goal Planner for Writers (and anyone else)
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… Continue reading It’s Okay to Be a Beginner AKA No One Cares About You
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… 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… 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… Continue reading Celebrate the Steps