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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Regrettable Myth
I tell my students that writing is hard. Then, I immediately regret it.
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!
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.”
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.
Searching for Safety
Who knew that a bathroom mirror and reframing my blurts would allow me to reclaim my inner artist?