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Why you need a writing process more than a writing ritual (and a 12-step writing process to slay your writing demons)

Are you fascinated by other people’s writing habits and routines? I am. There’s a great series on Copyblogger called The Writer Files that profiles the writing lives of different business writers and authors. 1,981 more words


What's Up Wednesday

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a fun weekly meme started by my friends Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the  550 more words

Great Books

Plant to Payoff

Setup/payoff, or plant/payoff, is a term frequently used in screenwriting, but the concept has broader application. When you foreshadow, you’re planting. When there is a hook, that’s a plant, a promise of more to come. 1,197 more words

How To

Leave it alone!

Here are my thoughts on immediately revising a first draft: Don’t do it. Just don’t. Let it sit for a while. Take the time to work on other projects, get caught up on your to read list…do anything but revise that infantile draft. 228 more words


3 Ways to Work Through Writer’s Block

Remember how I discussed the benefits of writing every day? This post is going to be a little bit ramble-y: both a prelude and a postlude to my previous post about daily writing. 459 more words


This is Awkward

During one of my tutoring sessions, a student came to me with a question about a writing assignment, which he felt had been graded unfairly. The instructor had provided comments, but the student felt the comments lacked clarity. 499 more words


On Being a Renovator

Hudge, a good friend of mine in Seattle, was in the market for a new place to live two years ago. I went with her to a few real estate showings, and the places weren’t grabbing either one of us as a spot where she should start a new phase of her life. 1,287 more words