A few weeks ago as I was scrubbing my walls and getting our home ready to sell, I had an epiphany. One that clicked for me in correlation to my writing that I’d never quite seen before, but that made a lot of sense to me. I’m calling it the “Cleaning House for Inspiration Method.” … Continue reading Cleaning House for Inspiration
We are coming up on the time when lots of writers are going to tuck away their introverted tendencies and venture into the world of conferences. There are several things that need to be considered when gearing up for a conference, but amid the anticipation and excitement, being a little mindful first can heighten your opinion … Continue reading Finding Success at Writing Conferences
Welcome to my fifth and final post on workflow. I’ve talked about my general workflow and tool choices as well as my capture, drafting, and revising processes. For me workflow has been something to focus on and refine, not for its own sake, but a task undertaken to increase the transparency of my tools. I … Continue reading Workflow: Formatting
We are thrilled to welcome Kimberly VanderHorst to the Thinking Through Our Fingers family. *** I'm going to make a possibly radical statement: Technically perfect writing is not always the most compelling writing. That's a claim one could easily pick apart, but I think it holds a kernel of truth worthy of exploration. Are you … Continue reading Perfectly Imperfect
There is a tricky situation that occurs in the lives of writers. To people who are not engaged in some kind of similar creative pursuit, explaining a difficult day can be met with expressions of disbelief. “You mean sitting in your seat and typing words was hard? Exhausting? Really?” These people may also not understand … Continue reading Are you a Whole-Hearted Writer?
A friend of mine posted a video of Jake Gyllenhaal singing “Finishing a Hat” from Sunday in the Park with George, which is one of my favorite shows and is on Broadway for a short run right now. One of the reasons I love this show is it’s about the process of making art as … Continue reading The Writing Life: Making Art
I've recently discovered the joy of listening to podcasts while doing things around the house--such as washing dishes or folding laundry. And as a writer, I've been happy to discover that there are lots of podcasts specifically about writing. But I'm not going to talk about those today. I'm going to talk about all of … Continue reading Non-Writing Podcasts For Writing Inspiration