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Every first Sunday of the month, you’ll receive my advice column responding to writers wrestling with a creative conundrum. If you’d like to send me a letter yourself, you can drop your own question in my Letterbox.

If you’re just starting out here, you can explore the 2020 letter archive or just begin with the letter that started it all, ‘I Can’t Build a Daily Habit!’

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A little more about me: I wrote my debut poetry collection, The Year of Blue Water, about art and community. I’ve been practicing writing seriously for about a decade and giving advice informally for about “¯\_(ツ)_/¯” years. You can find out more about me here. Aside from email, you can check out The Reading’s home page to read the full archives and other posts as they are published. I’m on Twitter and Instagram, if you’re so inclined, though you should note that I’m not on social media very often.

It can be isolating, difficult, and confusing to work on art alone. I’m glad you’ve joined The Reading and, who knows, maybe I’ll hear from you soon!

Until then—on with the work.