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Hello, writers. The Writerly Bites Podcast has now been out for a month or so, and it’s been wonderful getting feedback from listeners and hearing what little niche of your writing life the podcast is filling. In the first month, I’ve talked about making a graveyard document; I’ve warned about the dangers of starting with waking up; I’ve encouraged writers to look around the edges of a scene; and I’ve interviewed amazing author Lara Ehrlich, just to name a few things the podcast has been up to. And I’m happy to say more is forthcoming. The podcast will continue to offer bite-sized tips on Tuesdays. Please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts; it really helps fledgling podcasts grow.

In this last month of the strangest year in recent memory, I’m thinking about creating new routines and new rituals for a changing lifestyle. I want to put writing at the center of my life, but of course there are other things I want in that solar system too. There’s family to consider, and health, and relationships; all those things that add up to making a person feel whole. As you’re thinking about your year, and the year to come, spend a little time thinking about your priorities, too. While work and love and family have their way of reminding us of their needs and demands, writing is the quiet friend, the part of your life that will disappear unless you pay attention to it, nurture it, and let it grow.

So how will you nurture your writing in the new year? I’ll have all kinds of small tips on the podcast for encouraging writing growth; I’ll talk about setting timers, reading, breathing, and sometimes even locking the door to your office. Whatever it takes, people.

What’s Happening with Me

• New stories are forthcoming from New Letters

• I’m teaching online classes with Catapult, Storystudio, and Grubstreet

What I’m Reading

Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Stewart

The Lonely Hearts Hotel, by Heather O’Neill

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