Archive for the 'Writing' Category

Process Over Progress: On Outsmarting Self-Sabotage

“Here’s the thing: whatever your schedule, stuff is going to happen. People will make demands on your time, your equipment is going to fail, and your family and friends need you. The world is not going to roll over and make it easy for you to get your writing done. In fact, many people might try (either consciously or unconsciously)
Read more…

Why Simple Is Best

The 14th c. theologian William of Ockham is known for his statement, “the simplest solution is almost always the best.” This is the familiar thought I’ve come to after writing a bit this morning. If I want to finally finish, I’ve got to apply it. And I’ve long been convinced that the pursuit of writing has profound lessons to teach
Read more…

Seek Out the other path

This is the way I begin. There’s no clear path, just a tangle of thoughts left over from the last time I didn’t do this. Maybe this time I’ll finally remember that regular expression keeps the way forward from becoming overgrown. One year ago we moved here, to northeast Grand Rapids, and though we’ve explored many places, we’ve never once
Read more…

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
Read more…

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
Read more…