In this 5:40 podcast, I talk about the paradox of rest leading to increased productivity. If you’re reading this in an email, click through to the website to hear the podcast. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ll cover: It seems like a contradiction. A paradox. It seems impossible that more rest would result in greater productivity,
The Beach is not the place to work; to read, write or think. I should have remembered that from other years. Too warm, too damp, too soft for any real mental discipline or sharp flights of spirit. One never learns. Hopefully, one carries down the faded straw bag, lumpy with books, clean paper, long over-due
In this 4:16 podcast, I talk about importance of learning the vocabulary—the lingo—of the writing world. The following is not exactly a transcript, but gives an idea of what’s recorded. Every industry has its own lingo—insider words that leaves outsiders feeling ignorant when they simply haven’t learned the terms and acronyms and phrases associated with
A writer—well, just about anyone—needs a focused, alert mind operating at its highest cognitive potential. Writers need to tap into their memory to make connections as they work. Writers need maximum brainpower.
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It’s been a while since my last Writing Life podcast. Day after day I kept looking at that item on my to-do list and finally resolved, even in the midst of life’s complications, to start up again. Because I’ve learned that no matter how far you fall behind, you can get back in the game. Simply
In this week’s podcast (3:36) I explain the impact of my dad’s health crisis on my writing life, and how I adjusted my work. It looked like I’d have to give up on my writing life. And I did have to step back from some responsibilities for a while until we figured out what this was going to
On a Saturday morning in September, my 86-year-old dad reported he’d been bitten on the forehead by an insect. It swelled up, he said. Strange, I thought. My husband and I drove out to the farm to inspect. He hadn’t been bitten. He’d fallen. We took him straight to the hospital, where they admitted him
My friend Elizabeth Marshall asked to interview me about my recently released book On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts, co-authored with Charity Singleton Craig. Here’s a snippet of our conversation: Elizabeth: Refueled. I like that. Tell me more. Ann: I recently came across a quote attributed to Anne Lamott: “Sometimes you’re not
In this week’s podcast (3:25) I share insight from a speaker who encouraged me to eliminate filler words from formal talks I give as well as from everyday conversation. I’m encouraging writers to do the same with their written work: search and destroy the filler words that distract from the meat of the message. Examples of
(If you’re a subscriber reading this in email, please click to the website to use the audio player.) In this week’s four-ish minute podcast, you’ll learn how I use one tip from the GTD productivity approach to break big writing projects into manageable chunks, prioritizing and ordering them as I go. Resources mentioned in the podcast: Bird by