Reading time: About 3 minutes The word failed makes us feel like, well, failures. But reconsidering your failed New Year’s resolutions can yield some hopeful results… By mid-February, many people have collected an assortment of failed New Year’s resolutions. Especially if those resolutions involved exercise or writing. But instead of […]
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Reading time: About 3 minutes If you’re producing boring writing, you need to figure out why. Could the problem be as simple as your sentence structure? Do you ever worry that your writing is too boring? Don’t fret — you’re not alone. Most writers are overwhelmingly self-critical. But the issue
Reading time: About 4 minutes Writing is work, true, but to help yourself be more successful at it, you need to learn how to make writing more fun…. If you love playing tennis, do you procrastinate when a friend asks if you want to play a game? If you adore
Reading time: About 4 minutes Does your self-critical voice work to shut down your writing? If so, here are five useful tips on how to silence your inner editor while you’re trying to write… Begin by understanding that we all talk to ourselves. And most of what we say is
Reading time: About 4 minutes Do you try to be “all in” with your writing, even though you might not have very much time to do it? It’s a great strategy to pursue…. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “all in.” For example, you might say you’re “all in” with
Reading time: About 3 minutes Most of us prefer to succeed, but if we have to fail, it’s possible to fail better as a writer… You’ve undoubtedly already heard Samuel Beckett’s advice: “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” It comes from his second-to-last piece of work ever published, Worstward Ho,
Reading time: About 5 minutes Writing is always going to be harder after a holiday. But taking a break isn’t a mistake! Here’s how to get back into writing after a break… Did you eat too many chocolate-dipped shortbreads this Christmas? Drink lots of glasses of eggnog or mulled wine?
Reading time: About 4 minutes Do you fear you’ve ever been somewhat dysfunctional about Christmas? Here’s how writers can retain the holiday spirit… The ghosts of Christmases past still haunt me. There was the frustrating Christmas when my family’s struggling weekly newspaper had its typesetting machine break down just before
Reading time: About 3 minutes If you’re planning on writing through the holidays, here are some tips to make the work easier on yourself… Many of my friends and clients fret about writing over the holidays. Should they take time off or should they continue writing? I pass no judgement