Writing

Writing

Mar
15
Until We Get It Right

Until We Get It Right

We keep going. We write and re-write. We tinker and toil until the thing reaches a level of “right” we can deal with. Then, we send it out there.
5 min read
Mar
10
Writing Like Jazz: Revising with the Energy Meter

Writing Like Jazz: Revising with the Energy Meter

Like a good jazz player, we allow the writing to move us in the direction it needs to go. We focus only on this sentence, this clause, this phrase.
2 min read
Mar
07
Think Like Vader: Writing Inside Characters

Think Like Vader: Writing Inside Characters

The author needs to get into the heads of her characters and take on that sense of self-righteousness. The author needs to pursue the character’s trust in her own goodness.
2 min read
Nov
15
The Pen: (Often) Mightier than Microsoft Word

The Pen: (Often) Mightier than Microsoft Word

Writing with pen and paper offers a different writing experience. When we write by hand, we do not have the allure of the Internet at our disposal.
5 min read
Oct
31
Art Requires Time (The Muse Will Meet Us There)

Art Requires Time (The Muse Will Meet Us There)

If it’s important, then we pencil it in. We put it in the calendar. We block off a few hours for curiosity to take us where it needs to go.
2 min read
Oct
24
A Regrettable Myth

A Regrettable Myth

I tell my students that writing is hard. Then, I immediately regret it.
4 min read
Sep
26
Week Links: 26 Sep 2020

Week Links: 26 Sep 2020

Habits. Writing. Buddhism. Spirituality. DEIJ: the 1619 Project and the 1776 Commission. Plus #RequiredReading. So much going on! Thanks for reading!
4 min read
Sep
13
Talking to Resistance: What It Feels Like To Be Stuck in the Middle of Your Novel

Talking to Resistance: What It Feels Like To Be Stuck in the Middle of Your Novel

Resistance looks at your creative dreams and says: “Ya know, it would be a whole lot easier to eat a box of Girl Scout cookies and binge-watch Cobra Kai.”
5 min read
Jul
28
Struggling with Comparison

Struggling with Comparison

Anytime we start to compare ourselves to others—whether to build ourselves up or knock ourselves down—we are wading into muddy, un-productive territory.
6 min read
Jul
22
Searching for Safety

Searching for Safety

Who knew that a bathroom mirror and reframing my blurts would allow me to reclaim my inner artist?
7 min read