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I always wanted to be the kind of person who keeps a journal. I’ve played with journaling online and writing in a notebook, but it never seems to stick.
When I read Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, I took her suggestion to write “morning pages” to heart. For several…
One of the most common complaints I hear from writers is, “I don’t know what should happen next.” Often when writers struggle with plots, it’s because we are overlooking hints and clues in our own work.
Writers often ask me, How much is too much in an outline? How much is too little?
The answer is, of course, “it depends”. (Isn’t that always the answer?) It depends on the book. It depends on how you plan to use your outline. …
Conventional wisdom holds that a gratitude journal is a great way to alleviate sadness and refocus your mind on what you have instead of what you don’t have. But gratitude journals can have unexpected negative consequences. If you’ve ever tried to keep one only to find yourself wondering, Why isn’t…
These articles always separate work and life as if work is work and life is going…
Both my husband and daughter hate going to the doctor because they are terrified of getting shots. For my daughter, this often means miserable sobbing and — sometimes — physically avoiding the shot by shrinking away, moving across the room, etc.
No reassurance from me will convince her to sit…
Well, I guess I learned something.
This morning, my article explaining five ways that warmup writing helps prepare your mind for work was published in a publication I enjoy. It got one clap, which is always baffling.
Don’t get me wrong—I appreciate it. I like to imagine it as a high-five. But given that people *can* clap fifty times, it feels disappointing.
That single, lonely clap would be a bit sad if it weren’t also funny.
We write these articles and release them into the wild, hoping to inspire and connect. Sometimes we manage to do that. And sometimes we get the sad trombone sound. It’s a good reminder of how little control we have over the response to our work.
My senior year English teacher was one of those amazing people who can change lives with the power of her passion for a subject. She loved reading poems, books, and stories, but most of all, she loved writing. …