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When There’s Too Much Anxiety in Your Way to Move Forward

  It turns out I have this unconsidered theory that what’s most important is to be comfortable. And it’s especially true with huge challenges like writing. One more cup of coffee, I think. Then maybe I’ll be in the zone…. There’s no coffee mug big enough for me. Or coffee hot enough, tasty enough, fresh enough. And soon, the way
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Resiliency, Big Life Changes Like Moving and Shopping for Pants

Greetings from Grand Rapids! I’ve just arrived at work, which means I didn’t get to writing this on Sunday, as used to be the goal. It also means this post will probably be slapdash and not as useful as it could be. (But that’s what editing is for!) We were busy all day Sunday shopping for all the things. Winter
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Starting Over, Starting Again

Hello from Grand Rapids! We’ve officially moved to Michigan. I accepted an offer for a new job at Zondervan, as Senior Acquisitions Editor responsible for new and several existing nonfiction projects. I’m excited, a bit nervous, and completed surprised by the whole thing. It wasn’t in the 10-year plan at all, and yet when I listened to the job description
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Free Editing Help and the Secret to Great Writing

After I returned from the Northwestern Christian Writers conference in Minnesota, I was inspired and fired up to get back to my book and keep revising. That often happens after a writers conference. I’d taken a bit of a break when summer hit, but the great conversations and knowledgable speakers had me raring to go again. If you’re wondering about
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My Writing Process, Step 3: Read 3 Pieces Before You Start

Dear you, With tons of help and borrowed insight, you’ve been recovering. That’s so good and hopeful. Don’t forget to celebrate! It’s involved relearning compassion for the small things, and it’s been life-changing, as well as a long time coming. Specifically, you now know you started life like so many men, crying. And like too many men, you could die
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