I had a conversation with a friend recently about writing and blogging (my friend’s main outlet for writing is her blog and newsletter). She’d written a fresh post, tried something new, and was hesitating before publishing it.
She’d written something really raw and real, she said, and wondered if she should send it [...]
Here’s one way to deal with writing anxiety: know that the story you’re writing is already happening.
What if your characters are already living their story, and you don’t have to make them up? What if it wasn’t your job to come up with personalities and invent settings and conflicts and relationships?
When you sit down to write, how much time do you give yourself to practice? I mean the off-record stuff: writing exercises and warm ups.
Now think of the way dancers or musicians interact with their art. The performance, the finished piece, is the culmination of hours of practice: boring warm ups, weird experiments, [...]
On March 1st, 2013, I spoke to Giller nominee and Little Bird Writing Contest judge Alix Ohlin about the pleasures and perils of writing life.
In just over an hour, we were able to go surprisingly deep. We answered a wide variety of thoughtful (and tricky) questions from our audience, including:
How do you get [...]
I’m finding less language-free time these days, and I’m worried about it. I blame my iPhone, and universal wifi zones. It used to be that times of transition – sitting on the streetcar, waiting in the grocery line – were places where ideas would come to me most often. But now I check my Instagram [...]
The next time you look at notebook and feel less than enchanted by the prospect of writing, go outside. Turn your back on your desk, your books, and your notebooks. Give yourself at least an hour – two hours is even better.
Wear good shoes and a warm hat, but let your arms swing free. [...]
Pay attention to your writing.Show up. Write more often. Make it good.
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