Category: Writing

What a lark! What a plunge!

I’ve been on a real Virginia Woolf kick this weekend. I finished Adeline on Friday night (a Norah Vincent novel that’s out in about a week; Virginia Woolf is the protagonist). I realized I’d never read The Hours, which is Michael Cunningham’s novel that spins off of Mrs. Dalloway. I started reading that on Saturday while everyone was otherwise occup… read more »

Have you restarted a habit you’d stopped?

I’ll be writing a lot about habits over the next week. For an upcoming article, I’m looking for examples of people who have successfully re-started a habit they’d previously stopped. After falling off the wagon, how do you get back on again? Was it harder the second time? I’ve managed to restart my daily journaling habit after abou… read more »

My writing life: playing the long game

I’m working on my taxes this week. As usual, this triggers reflections on my finances, and hence my career. I had business income from 20 different sources this year. I do think it’s important to have multiple sources of income, though 20 starts to seem scattered. In my defense, some of this is the result of building a speaking career. It might be more effic… read more »

Please join me for a Twitter chat

I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat at 12:30 p.m. eastern today on a wide range of writing topics: making time to write, writing routines, writing fiction vs. non-fiction, and about my novel, The Cortlandt Boys. The hash tag is #CortlandtBoys, and my handle is @lvanderkam. Please join me! If you can’t make it live, no worries. You can post a question o… read more »

“Rarely do people question success in the same way they do failure”

Oh, Real Simple. Your cover stories on laundry, your strange editor’s letters about Sheryl Sandberg, and photo spreads featuring not-real-simple $400 linen pants have been forgiven. The March issue features a fabulous interview with Kat Cole, the 36-year-old president of Cinnabon (a billion dollar company). How did Cole rise so high so fast? Maybe it… read more »