About Kristan Hoffman

Kristan Hoffman was a finalist in our search for an unpublished contributor; a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breatkthrough Novel Awards for her novel The Good Daughters (women’s fiction/multicultural); and the winner of the St. Martin’s Press “New Adult” Contest for her web series, Twenty-Somewhere (now available as an ebook).

Recent Posts by this author:

  • Change Your Mindset
  • Talent, Perseverance, and Hard Work: Lessons on Writing from Football
  • Rising Expectations, Daily Pages, and Having Fun
  • 6 Writing Lessons That I Learned From My Wedding
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
  • The Tricks and Treats of Writing
  • Writing Is Magic
  • How to Serve and Swallow Criticism
  • 3 Keys to Storytelling
  • Learning to Embrace My Limits
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Juggling
  • Warning: Bad Book Ahead! Proceed With Caution

  • Change Your Mindset

    A few months ago, my husband recommended that I read the book MINDSET. At first I dismissed it as just another one of the many business/management guides that clutters his nightstand from time to time. But my husband insisted that this book was different, that it would be good for me. In fairness, he has been known to be […]

    Rising Expectations, Daily Pages, and Having Fun

    According to one of my favorite children’s books, if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk to go with it. And if you give the mouse a glass of milk, he’s going to want a straw (to drink with). Then a mirror (to avoid a milk mustache). Then […]

    6 Writing Lessons That I Learned From My Wedding

    I really hate to be all me-me-me, but I got married last weekend, and let’s be honest: that’s all I can think about right now. It is a big, wonderful change. It was also a bit of an ordeal. Like most ordeals, it taught me many things. These lessons aren’t necessarily specific to writing, but let’s be honest: […]

    Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

    Thanks to Stephanie Perkins and Paula McLain, I can visit Paris anytime I want. Shilpi Somaya Gowda has taken me to Mumbai. My tour guide in Maine is Elizabeth Strout. And I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with Cheryl Strayed. Good books take us on a journey, both literally and figuratively. As a writer, I’ve […]

    The Tricks and Treats of Writing

    Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. The laughter, the screams, the decorations, the ghost stories — it’s all such fun. But even from a young age, I knew that “trick-OR-treating” was a misleading term, because you can’t have one without the other. No costume? No candy. Unfortunately this is true of writing […]

    Writing Is Magic

    Confession: I kind of hate when people talk about muses, “the zone,” or anything else that makes writing sound like magic. As if what we do is so easy, so inexplicable, so wondrous. Confession #2: I hate it because I almost never feel that way myself. I don’t have a muse; GPS doesn’t recognize “the […]

    How to Serve and Swallow Criticism

    Generally speaking, I’m not big on podcasts (because I have a hard time focusing on and retaining audio-only information) but there is one that I make sure to tune into every week: Scriptnotes by screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin. John and Craig are funny, irreverent, and informative, and most of their insights apply to […]

    3 Keys to Storytelling

    Back in 2009, I attended the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. It was a fabulous, fun experience that truly helped me grow. A few months later, reflecting on that time and the specific lessons I learned there, I wrote this post for my website. I’m re-blogging it here because of Lisa Cron’s post last month about how […]

    Learning to Embrace My Limits

    1. Habit I sing ALL the time. In the car, in the shower, in the bedroom while I’m ironing. My poor musically inclined boyfriend is very nice about it — maybe because I’m ironing his shirts — but the truth is, I’m not very good. I can hear the pitches and modulations in a melody, but […]

    What I Talk About When I Talk About Juggling

    In third grade, they made us learn how to juggle. We started with scarves, because they have good hang time in the air, and they don’t make any noise if — okay, when — you drop them. So picture a room full of 8 and 9 year olds throwing these dingy, neon-colored squares of cloth all […]

    Warning: Bad Book Ahead! Proceed With Caution

    They say, “Even a bad book can teach you something.” And it’s true: we can learn almost as much from a bad example as we can from a good one. Slow opening? Cut the backstory. Cheesy dialogue? Listen to how real people talk. Clunky or complicated prose? Read your work out loud. These are all […]