About two *cough* decades ago, I conducted my Ph.D research on parental behavior, using a bird species as my model system. In the biological sciences, it's common practice to use research models to ask questions that then might be applicable to other species -- perhaps even applicable to... people *gasp*. Through my background research, I discovered that there are actually … Continue reading Permission to Let Go: Lessons from The Concorde Fallacy
Apparently the first rule of Write Club is “don’t talk about your writing.” Over the years I’ve heard this message from so many people in so many different ways that I’ve come to accept it as a cultural norm in writing communities, and it’s most common in writing workshops. This injunction can come as a … Continue reading Talk it Out
If you've ever participated in NaNoWriMo, you've had your writing gamified. I've done and won NaNo five years in a row now, and I have to admit that I love watching the word counts rack up. There's nothing like a daily bar graph to encourage you to stay above the trend line.
I’ve heard people say that claiming you have writer’s block is akin to a plumber saying he’s got plumber’s block. To me, that comparison is ridiculous. A plumber has the exact same wrenches and other tools he uses every day on the job. He has a clear-cut list of skills he needs and issues he’ll … Continue reading The Truth About Writer’s Block
Welcome to the third installment in a a series of posts on workflow. In the first post, I shared my general approach to writing and wrote broadly about the tools I use. In the second post I focused on the Capture Stage, or how to get ideas into a computer. In this post, I will … Continue reading Drafting
Can we all just agree that the last two weeks have been the worst? I mean it. No matter what side of the political debate you fall on, the aftermath of this election has taken a toll on all of us. I’m not here to get political, but I do want to address this toll … Continue reading How to Write When You Just Don’t Wanna
This is the second in a series of posts on my digital writing tools and workflows. In the first post I described my move away from word processing software and use of text files. I also outlined the big chunks of my workflow. This post will focus on the first step: Capture. Capture The idea … Continue reading Workflow: Capture