Jaclyn Paul is a fiction writer, blogger, and occasional freelancer. Her writing has appeared online in Offbeat Families, The Write Life, ADDResources, Better Novel Project, and ADHD Roller Coaster. She currently blogs at The ADHD Homestead.
A proud Baltimorean, Jaclyn represented the city’s art blogging community at a press conference for the Baker Artist Awards public launch. She has also served as blogger, public relations writer, and technical writer for Greater Homewood Community Corporation.
Latest blogs (read more here):
- What I read last month: August 2017
In What I Read Last Month, I recap the previous month’s reading and shamelessly copy and paste from my Goodreads reviews. You can read previous months’ What I Read… by clicking here. Disclaimer: Amazon links are affiliate links, but despite wanting to support writers by buying books, I get most of mine from the library.
August was a bear of a month. I was out of town for 16 of 31 days, stretched over three different trips. That’s a lot of time spent packing, unpacking, visiting,
- Books of 2014
Ah, the new year. Time to refresh my Goodreads reading challenge!
Even though my blogging efforts are focused primarily on The ADHD Homestead, I plan to use this space for news, announcements, and fun stuff — like a review of the books I read last year.
While I fell short of my 30-book goal for 2014, I still feel good about completing 19 books, including some meaty non-fiction reads. As any nursing mother of a newborn can attest, I had lots of built-in reading time in 2013, so I sailed through 28 books. I had to learn how to
- Excerpt of the Week #4
A month or two ago, I offered to write a guest post for author Gina Pera’s blog, ADHD Rollercoaster. The article was published on May 8, and to date I’ve gotten more positive feedback and comments on it than anything else I’ve written recently. The funny part? I wrote this article for me more than anything. I didn’t think about SEO, encouraging feedback with my concluding paragraph, or any of those blogging
- Rainy day link roundup: discover some new writing blogs!
If you’re feeling this way, too, how about perusing a few new blogs? Here are a few of my favorite writing-related blogs. Add them to your feed reader, like them on Facebook, do whatever you do, but don’t miss out what these folks have to offer!
- Excerpt of the Week #3
This week’s excerpt is from a newly resurrected novella. I’ve always been partial to it, but novellas can be tough to publish. I finally found a publication accepting longer stories with a June 30 deadline. I’m struggling with the flow and tone in several spots, but I like how my main character’s voice shines through here.
On my way out I heard it. Somebody was playing a high and mournful guitar solo, dragging a note out to just the right length before tumbling onward. I felt like I was walking through his open heart. I had to stop and listen, strain my ears
- Meditation article on The Write Life, plus some thoughts
I just published an article on The Write Life about how meditation can increase your ability to focus and get to work on your writing projects. Please give it a read and share your meditation experiences in the comments!
While writing the article, I recommitted to my own meditation practice. As a full-time mom and writer with ADHD, my prefrontal cortex needs all the help it can get. Stimulant medication significantly improves my productivity, interpersonal relationships, and overall quality of life, but for personal reasons I’ve been medication-free for almost
- Excerpt of the Week #2
Fishing through the pile of guest posts and creative non-fiction I’ve been working on this week, I felt inspired to share an excerpt from my young adult novel manuscript. I recently decided to switch the perspective from third person to first person, which had the somewhat unexpected effect of taking me way back in the editing process — if it’s not a first draft all over again, it’s
- Interview: Chrissy Hennessey of The New Me
You don’t need to be a writer or a blogger, though. You can be both, and you can have fun doing it.
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Chrissy Hennessey, a writer who’s been blogging for over 10 years. Here are her thoughts on blogs, writing, and headstands.
Jaclyn: Writers hear it a lot these days: you need a website with a blog.
- Attract more visitors to your website with a polished site description
This post is part of a series of easy tech tips for writers. To see past tech tips, click here.
A friend recently asked me a great question: how can I help people find my website?
This task — referred to as search engine optimization, or SEO — is a big one. You can make a career out of it.
Of course, you’re a writer, not an SEO expert. We want to keep it that way, so I’m giving you just one piece of homework to make your site look professional and click-worthy in a list of Google results. Anyone
- Excerpt of the Week #1
This week I’m introducing a regular feature I’ve had on my mind for quite a while. With Excerpt of the Week, I’ll share around 100 words from one of my active projects every other Friday. You’ll be able to find them all by clicking here or following #ExOTW on Twitter. Feel free to share your own excerpts in the comments!
I thought of my apartment, the stairs creaking and flexing as I hauled my feet up the two flights to my door with its three locks and its crooked lettering bearing the characters “3F.” Soon, I told myself.
- Novel progress: one step forward, two steps back, and right where I should be
“…stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.”
— Stephen King, On Writing
It came to me in the shower: how many successful YA novels are written in third person?
- Book review: Create Your Writer Platform by Chuck Sambuchino
This is part of an ongoing series of book reviews. To view all of them, click here.
Want more people to see your writing? Start by keeping Create Your Writer Platform within arm’s reach of your desk. Even if you think your work will stand on its own without self-marketing, this book should give you a firm-yet-friendly nudge in the right direction.
Chuck Sambuchino covers all the major platform avenues — website, blog, e-newsletter, non-fiction articles, public speaking, and social media —
- 4 WordPress widgets that will improve your author website today
This is an ongoing series of easy tech tips for writers. To view all tech tips, click here.
Google “WordPress plugins for writers” and you’ll find several lists of goodies for your WordPress site. The problem is, most of these articles feature plugins to help you build a stronger platform long-term: editorial calendars, Google Analytics, spam filters, byline managers…
Head spinning yet? What if you’re short on
- Use Google Alerts to keep tabs on your author platform.
What will an agent see if she Googles you right this instant? Are you tracking your name in real time as it appears on the Internet?
If you answered no, you have a problem. Luckily, it’s easy to solve with Google Alerts. Google Alerts automates the process of Googling yourself and sends updates directly to your email so you never miss a thing.
“I do a Google and social media search for every query I read,” David Rozansky, publisher at
- 4 things your graphic designer wishes you knew
If you’re a freelancer, chances are you’ve collaborated with a graphic designer at some point. When I worked as a public relations writer, I was taken aback by the amount of time required to get anything right. Most of our design contracts specified two rounds of edits, but our team always needed at least double that number.
Want to minimize frustration next time you work with a designer? Follow these four easy tips.
- Book Review: Stephen King’s On Writing
“By the time I was 14…the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.”
Every writer who has suffered the sting of rejection — that would be all of us, right? — can take comfort in these words from Stephen King. And with over 50 bestsellers under his belt, few writers find themselves so qualified to author a book on the craft.
On Writing tells the story of King’s