How to manage your writing

Word count: 208 words

Reading time: Less than 1 minute

This is my weekly installment of “writing about writing,” in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help writers.  

I just counted and it turns out I now follow about 89 blogs in my RSS reader. Yikes! Time to unsubscribe from a few. Far too many writers either post too often or produce far too many words. Some are also boring, predictable and not particularly useful.

But I’m happy to say that the blog Manage your writing by Ken Davis suffers from none of these faults. Ken’s writing is both short and succinct. He posts infrequently — usually once a week on a Monday or Tuesday. And he always has something intelligent to say.

I just did a quick word count on his columns and the longest one I could find was 184 words. Most bloggers are just getting warmed up by that point, but not Ken. He seems to understand that we’re too busy to read unnecessary words. A typical blog entry, for him, is more like 120 words. That’s practically a haiku!

I encourage you to spend some time strolling through his blog. But if you want to zero in on a particularly good recent entry, check out what he has to say about writer’s block. His quote from Gene Fowler is one of my favourites!

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