Archive for the amwriting Tag

Getting Deliberate about Distractions

Quality writing and living requires being deliberate, even if our best-laid plans so often go awry.

Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.

On the Writer’s Community and Something Better than Balance

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” – John Muir I drive Ellie to school and decide to silence the radio. Fund-drive season on the classical station and the news on NPR aren’t as valuable as 8 minutes of silence. Monday comes full of details to sort and
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Why It’s So Important to Choose Your Music Before Writing

I’m looking for the right music to set the mood… …because of course every artist is in training to concentrate more fully on the experience of the movement of their art. Writers train to hear the rhythm in the words. Musicians strain to hear the music in the notes…. So the question is what am I going to notice? What to
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Don’t Sit Down in the Woods

“Every writer who’s finished has taken the axe into the woods and carved out their path where there seemed to be none before. They broke through their blocked way swinging word after word after word.” It’s 2018. Are you ready? If you’ve set yourself a goal to finish that book, above all, you’re going to need stamina. You’re going to
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Your One Power Trick for Great Storytelling

The trick is not easy. But it’s easily understood. How do you know what to reveal when? Writers who know that, and can do it consistently, are unstoppable. And one of the earliest ways we do this is simply getting into the scene. Feel the emotions and desires of your characters and the weight of the situation. And watch when certain connections
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