I Left My Full-Time Job Because I Wanted to Stop Being a “Writer”

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You’re a writer on the side.

You write at night; you write when the kids are asleep, when the dog’s had his walk, when the house and all its residents are safely tucked in.

You write in the mornings before the kids are awake, after your coffee, while the sun hoists itself over the horizon and creates condensation against the cold kitchen window.

You do this because you have a job, a J-O-B with a 401K, and you’ve come to believe that able-bodied, able-minded people contribute their 40 hours, and that’s all there is to it

September 28, 2015 | Liz Breen

The Writing Life

When a #FAIL is Really #WINNING

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So you’re a writer, but you’ve never been published. That’s fine. Let me just ask you one thing: Where is your graveyard? Where are you putting all your beautiful, polished pieces? In a drawer? Under your mattress? At the bottom of your pet cockatoo’s birdcage? For me, it was the computer hard drive. I was storing all my best short stories in a folder called “HOORAY! DONE!” I wish I were kidding.

June 16, 2015 | Liz Breen

Craft Advice

Scheduling Creativity

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To improve your writing, write every day. I’ve received this advice dozens of times. However, I equate receiving such advice with going to the dentist. The dentist says to floss daily. Intellectually, I know flossing daily would reduce plaque build-up, but I also know I have no intentions of following this advice. But of course, I tell my dentist I will not only floss, but by golly, I will delight in it. At my next cleaning, I try to keep up the façade: “I flossed daily. Can’t you tell?” But evidence to the contrary is all over my gum line.

September 19, 2014 | Liz Breen

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Hey! I Didn’t Rip All My Hair Out: My First Semester as a Low-Residency MFA Student

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By Liz Breen

When I graduated college, all I could think was “See ya, suckers!” Of course I loved my time as an undergraduate, but I was eager to go. I had a job lined up that paid real American dollars and an apartment I vowed would remain poster-free. Yes, on that May day, I would have told you I was done with school forever.

Cut to six months later

December 30, 2013 | Liz Breen

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Chicken Soup for the Neurotic Soul – On Applying for My Low-Residency MFA

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By Liz Breen

DISCLAIMER: This post is not for the faint of heart, for the reader seeking logical transitions and coherent thoughts. This blog post is for the reader who can identify with an author desperately trying to escape from the doldrums creativity by way of pop culture references.

It is 7:55 on a Thursday night

December 17, 2012 | Liz Breen

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