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
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.
It creeps under doorways, rises through vents, incorporating everything and everyone in its path, zapping them of energy, physical and mental. It’s a destroyer of focus and productivity, causing its victims to write at a snail’s pace, stare at blank screens, and abandon projects. I call it the Sludge, and I’ve been trying to wade … Continue reading Trudging Through Sludge
We writers are constantly trying to hone our craft and improve our storytelling skills. One of the best ways to do that is to study the ways other people tell stories. A good writer will look to a variety of storytellers for ideas, inspiration, and instruction. Being able to understand why a good story works … Continue reading A Story About Nothing: Lessons About Writing From Seinfeld
Sometimes we have a retreat, and we want to write ALLLLLLL the words ALLLLL day, but we get there, and... our brains don't cooperate. Sometimes we're trying to finish a project over several months time, and it's just not...happening. Here are few tips to help you reset and start writing again: 1. Take a … Continue reading 13 Ways to Get OUT of Your Writerly Funk
This week was my Spring Break, and I spent the time getting my affairs in order. Spring is most definitely in the air (at least it is where I live), and decluttering is something I've been putting off, but this week I threw open my windows, rolled up my sleeves, and dove in(to my closet). I also took … Continue reading 4 Tips for Decluttering Your Manuscript
I have a weakness. I mean, besides books. That's obvious. My other weakness is craft books. I love them. I love learning how people think about story, seeing how I can think differently or better about my writing, to be inspired by how others engage in the creative process. If you know me in real … Continue reading Books to Help Writers Get Better