The Proof is in the Portfolio

The Proof is in the Portfolio

l used to be an English teacher. I made my students write multiple drafts of essays, workshop them, and keep them organized. You’d think I would’ve picked up some of those techniques myself, but sadly, I have not. Instead, I’ve been writing like a banshee...
The Second Rule of Write Club

The Second Rule of Write Club

Last week I introduced you to the first rule of Write Club: Write every day. This week, I bring you rule 2: Be nice to the artist. That’s you. You’re an artist. You know why? Because artists have a daily practice, and so do you, right? Show up every day. Be nice to...
First Rule of Write Club: Write every day.

First Rule of Write Club: Write every day.

Why we write every day At some point when you sit down to commune with the muse, the saboteur that lives in your brain will ask, “Why do we have to write every single day?” I don’t mean to quote the annoying grownup from your childhood, but the answer is...
My Novel As Seen From the Moon

My Novel As Seen From the Moon

Because I drink too much caffeine, one day my finger was shaking over my keyboard, and I inadvertently shrunk my Print Preview down to 10%.   Talk about seeing your manuscript from a new perspective!When I revise, I highlight areas that need work. The amount of yellow...
How can I tell if my writing is any good?

How can I tell if my writing is any good?

If you’ve ever been unemployed long enough to get into Dr. Phil, you know about body dysmorphia–a social disorder that makes people obsess about a perceived physical flaw. It’s a “perceived” flaw because the flaw isn’t nearly as...
Welcome to Creative Writing 101

Welcome to Creative Writing 101

I’ve been procrastinating on writing (which I allegedly love) so long that I’ve become a self-professed expert on the problem. I don’t sit down and write so much as fly around my ideas like a buzzard, dropping in once in a while to peck at them and...

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