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Novelist and essayist. Director of the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. Find out more at http://nicolepeeler.com.

Identify your genre’s expectations

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What are genre expectations?


There’s no need to reinvent the wheel; use reverse outlining instead!

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Ideas are easy — writing is hard


To keep work in its place, envision your priorities holistically

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And how I learned its connection to perfectionism

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They’re hard for a reason…until they’re easy?

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This Is Us

I’ve been fat and I’ve been thin, but I think I like myself best when I stop caring so much

Illustration: Alex Eben Meyer


This is why everyone’s baking, if you’re confused. Also, some recipes if you’re a baker!

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You can’t change the situation, but these techniques allow you to weather the storm

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I’m learning the hard way what I need to see me through social distancing

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Letting my evening routine slip


You might feel like life is mundane and you have nothing significant to say right now. Keep a journal anyway.

A photo of a woman writing in her journal while her laptop is on her lap.
A photo of a woman writing in her journal while her laptop is on her lap.
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