I used to worry about the fact that my writing identity fits no particular niche and that my career seems headed towards no particular goal. I’ve had short stories published in obscure and “artsy” literary magazines and Twitter tips featured on the technology page of the Huffington Post. I’ve written two novels that will never see the light of day, and rather than attempt a third one, I’ve spent the last four years building a blog and writing essays and enjoying the occasional short story publication when I feel the random urge to write and submit fiction.

To read the rest please visit the online magazine The First Day, where I was invited to contribute to a series called “Writers on Writing.” My post there is called “Letting Go of What Comes Next.” 





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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, an advice columnist at The HerStories Project, a book reviewer at greatnewbooks.org, and a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.

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