Decluttering Books: Donations and Joy-Sparks

Kondo says we want to focus on what to keep, not what to get rid of, which is generally a solid plan. But donating books is one of my favorite things, and it’s positive enough that in the case of donation, I think focusing on what I’m letting go is great. So here’s a post…

Decluttering Books: How to Figure Out What “Sparks Joy”

Marie Kondo has been in writing-community newsfeeds recently because of her statement that most people she’s worked with tend to end up with 30 books or fewer. (Or, for writers and others who work with books, like 100 books.) Now, if you’re currently saying, “Yeah, there’s no way I would get rid of that many…

5 Ways to Gain the Confidence of a Professional Writer

One thing the online writing community has taught me is that a lot of writers suffer from self-doubt and don’t necessarily feel supported as writers. And while I relate to these feelings to some extent, I’m fortunate in that my formal writing education and my paid writing and editing positions have boosted my confidence. In…

Learning From How Dare the Sun Rise

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child, by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta, is a memoir about Sandra Uwiringiyimana’s experience with war, genocide, refugees, immigration, discrimination, mental health issues, and healing, among other things. I won’t spoil the book for you (go read it!), but I do want to talk about how…

4 Writing Prompts That Help With Personal Branding

If you’re a writer, then you need a solid personal brand to help you market your work. And if you Google information about personal branding, you’ll find a lot of guidelines about finding your audience, clarifying your values, and highlighting your purpose. All those things are great and important, and we’ll come back to them…

The Quest of Eve: A Books-to-Life Essay

At the end of 2018, I sped-read through the Book of Mormon while paying attention only to the mentions of Jesus Christ. The following is a lyrical and spiritual essay I wrote at the beginning of this experience.