This week, I asked writers to share their biggest writing hurdles. I want to know where writers are struggling, because whether you’re just starting out or writing full-time, you’ll face a variety of internal and external hurdles over the years. You don’t have to freeze up or give up when facing these hurdles. Discover ways to overcome
In this online space, I’m providing resources and inspiration to help you be more creative and productive. Today I’m focusing particularly on writers. I want to know where writers are struggling, because whether you’re just starting out or writing full-time, you’ll face a variety of internal and external hurdles over the years. What about right now? What are
The world of my childhood centered on a small farm in the American Midwest where my parents leased out the fields and kept a herd of cattle. We gobbled down all-you-can-eat catfish at small-town diners and overheard farmers discussing crop rotation. I never expected to travel outside the United States—a trip to Florida was exotic
In this short podcast, I encourage writers to introduce at least three senses into their writing, whether they are working on fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Don’t rely completely on the way things look. There’s also the way things sound, smell, taste and feel. Pick three. Bring your writing to life. One, two, three … and you’re done.
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