We are delighted to welcome our newest contributor, Veeda Bybee! In a TED talk given last June, poet, educator and author Kwame Alexander opened his speech referencing a 2013 study by the University of Wisconsin confirming that language has the power to alter our perceptions. Alexander says, "Scientists believe that a single word has the power to … Continue reading Yes.
You are a story. You are a human-shaped piece of paper. There are doodled facts on your elbows, and virtues and vices have been etched into your finger bones. There are blazing truths rattling echoes through your ribcage, and fragments of about-to-be-told story lodged in your lung tissue. People have written on you without your … Continue reading The Lie We Write On Ourselves
We are thrilled to welcome back former contributor Jamie Raintree as today's guest! This year has been a crazy year. When I signed my first book contract, I knew I was signing up for deadlines, more responsibilities, more time spent on promotion, and more focus on my career in general. And I was--and am--100% in. … Continue reading The Key to Rediscovering Your Enthusiasm For Your Story
Discovering your most productive time of day is just smart. Timing and environment can have a profound impact both on how quickly we write and on the quality of what we produce. But I suggest you can become more productive as a writer by paying attention to the length and frequency of your writing sessions.
I hover happily where I am in my writing world. I write so many hours a week, maintain a blog, attend writing conferences (sometimes), journal, network with other writers, and spend way too long on a simple thank you note (you know, it has to be all the right words). I’m happy where I am. … Continue reading Getting Your Wishful Writing Couch Potato Off the Couch
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
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join my critique group in a discussion at our local library. At the end, we were asked if we had one final piece of advice. I had the fortune of going last (aka more time to think) and came up with this: Open Your Eyes … Continue reading Open Your Eyes & Put Your Blinders On