How to find your voice

And there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own.” — Mary Oliver In my workshops for new writers, we often discuss the importance of finding or developing a “voice.” As William Zinsser points out, it’s as simple (or as difficult) as this: Your voice is who you are. Early on, most […]

Coping with a crappy review

Criticism is something one can avoid by saying nothing and doing nothing.” — Aristotle Seven years after its publication, my collection of essays on home and family topics scored its first negative review on Amazon. The reviewer, who identified herself as a copywriter and was brave enough to include her full name and city of […]

Victoria magazine

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” — Walter Elliott Speaking at a writers’ conference last year, a magazine editor fielded questions from an eager audience. Inevitably, a new freelance writer asked, “What does it take to break into national magazines now?” The editor’s answer: “Good old-fashioned […]