Why We Love Fifty Shades of Grey

Why Is Fifty Shades of Grey Popular?

In January 2009, a British TV producer and mother-of-two began writing under the pseudonym “Snowqueen’s Icedragon” after being inspired by the Twilight saga (which, if you’re a regular, you know we have mixed feelings about).

She published her first novel, Master of the Universe, online, which was loosely based on the Twilight characters. In 2011 she decided to self-publish the series, which soon built up enough buzz to be talked about by Fox News and other networks.

In 2012, Random House picked up the series. Since then, the series, now titled Fifty Shades of Grey, has sold over 100 million copies, making it one of the bestselling of all time.

How to Stay Popular in a Writers Group

How to Stay Popular in a Writers Group

Writers groups can be an incredibly rich experience. In fact, you can learn more about the craft of writing from a good writers group or creative writing club than you can learn from a thousand blog posts on writing.

However, at the same time, a bad writers group can be a waste of time, and if particularly dysfunctional, can even be incredibly damaging to your confidence and your writing.

If you’re part of a writers group, how do you take it to the next level? And if you’re looking for a writers group, how do you make sure you choose the right one?

Which Writers Would You Like to Learn From—Living or Dead?

which writers would you like to learn from, living or dead?

One thing I’ve learned writing this blog over the last three-and-a-half years is that we never “arrive.” The more you learn about the craft of writing, the more you realize how little you know.

7 Lies About Becoming a Writer That You Probably Believe

lies about becoming a writer

The profession of writing has been around for thousands of years. You would think we would have figured out how to become one by now, right? However, the more you read, the more you realize no one seems to agree on how to become a writer.

Depending on who you listen to, becoming a writer is either the easiest thing in the world (“Just write!”) or a proposition so impossibly difficult that only a combination of talent approaching genius, luck, and years of expensive training (i.e. “Get an MFA!”) can turn your writerly dream into reality.

Want to Make 2015 the Best Year of Your Life? Spend 1 Hour Doing This

best year of your life

If you know what you’re looking for, there’s something magical about the first days of the New Year. Everyone is settling back to work from the holidays so time moves a little bit slower. You have room to breathe in deep, to reflect on your year, to set goals for the future.

Why You Should Do a Year-End Review for Your Writing

year-end review

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a restful and joy-filled time with the people you love most. If you don’t, then my warmest holiday wishes to you.

The year is nearly over (can you believe it?), and I’d like us all to take these last few days of the year to breathe in what we’ve accomplished in our writing over the last year. This is usually a time of release. We’ve finished the manic shopping before Christmas. We’ve eaten more than we should but we’re putting off our workout/dieting until January 1. We are relaxed, satiated now, and so this is the perfect time for a year-end review of our writing.

10 Essential Quotes on Becoming a Writer (plus one of my own)


I first wanted to become a writer because I read those great books (you know the ones: Great Expectations and Harry Potter and Les Miserables and On the Road) and thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do this all day, to spend your afternoons having conversations with interesting characters and dealing with the deep challenges of the soul?”

How to Become a Writer: 3 Simple Steps

how to become a writer

So you want to become a writer.

Perhaps you write because it makes you feel alive. Perhaps you read a book that made you think, “It must feel amazing to write something like this. Maybe I could be a writer.” Perhaps you feel like you can’t not write.

So then, how do you do it? How do you become a writer?

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for Writers (and Those Who Love Them)

black friday for writers

Black Friday evokes the best and worst of humanity. It’s a day of generosity, when people sacrifice their sleep, their time, and their sanity to get the best gifts possible for their friends and family. It’s also a day when people get trampled to death (sometimes literally) by mobs of crazed consumers.

Luckily for those of us who prefer to steer clear of the mob but still want to treat the ones we love (and ourselves!) to the best, there are plenty of deals to be found online. In this post are a few great offers we’ve found for writers and those who love them.

I’m Thankful for Writing. How About You?

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It’s nearly Thanksgiving in the U.S. If you’re like me, every time you go on Facebook, someone is posting what they’re thankful for, the thirty days of thankfulness I believe it’s called. In the spirit of the season, today, I want to talk about one thing I’m very thankful for: writing.