The Hobbies of Writers

Writers need to write in order to be great writers. That’s obvious. But most of the time, writers have other hobbies that either inform their writing, clear their mind to write, or just keep them happy to move forward in their writing journeys.

Julia Cameron writes in her book The Artist Way, “In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well-stocked trout pond…Any extended period or piece of work draws heavily on our artistic well. As artists, we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them—to restock the trout pond, so to speak.” Continue reading

15 Tips for Better Networking

AWP is coming up February 8th-11th and hopefully a lot of you are going to be in attendance. Definitely stop by the Spalding booth to say hi, if you are! If you aren’t, you’ll most likely find yourself at another conference, meeting, book launch, anything, where it’s important for you to meet people and make connections. I’ve put together some tips to make the most of your conference and take your career to the next level. Continue reading

Where Writers Write


Writers can, technically, write anywhere. As long as we have a notebook, computer, or just a napkin, we can punch out some lines. But, most likely we writers have a habit. We like to choose a place to write because that’s where we’re comfortable or that’s where we can get the most work done.

Many writers like cafes. Famous writers like TS Elliot, Franz Kafka, Gertrude Stein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald all wrote in cafes and have made it a sort of a nice tradition to follow along with. Psychologists believe that writers flock to cafes because they long to be observed in public. Because writing is an internalized art, we may feel the need to be acknowledged as actually doing work. Besides the tradition and possible psychological draws to coffee shops, they also contain caffeine, a beloved substance of creatives. There is also a time limit. Sometimes as writers we see our days stretched out ahead of us like a void. Going to a café gives us a time limit, either because we can’t sit there for eight hours without ordering anything, or because we need to eventually get home. This subconscious (or very conscious) time limit can usually push writers to get something done more than they would in the comfort of their home. Continue reading