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The Critique Group: A Cure for Writerly Isolation

The Critique Group: A Cure for Writerly Isolation

A proven antidote to that creative isolation is a well-functioning writer group. Its sustaining, regular rhythms – drafting and sharing your pages, then reading and critiquing your group members’ pages, then gathering together and scheduling the next month’s due date and meeting – become essential and welcome elements of everyday life.

Writing for Children: Rules of the Road

Writing for Children: Rules of the Road

It is absolutely necessary to write for your ideal reader. Emotionally, how would they feel in your main character’s situation? What’s the worldview of a three-year-old? If your main character is a mouse, how would the physical world look to them? And so on.

Treat Resistance Like It’s a Narcissist

Treat Resistance Like It’s a Narcissist

Instead of engaging in hand-to-hand combat, we can assert our healthy boundaries, limit contact with the aggressor, and save our passion for places where positive forward motion is doable and satisfying.

Kaizen: Small Steps Lead to Success

Kaizen: Small Steps Lead to Success

Simply picking one small action to repeat each day or day-ish builds enthusiasm, momentum, and endurance that assists you in finishing your project.

What Is Normal Creativity?

What Is Normal Creativity?

The client’s question came from a familiar place. I suspect most of us share these doubts. Compared to other creative people, are we normal? Are we doing enough? Do we measure up? Are we hopelessly less than those other people – older, younger, wealthier, more famous, more privileged, more productive, better looking?

Reading Like a Writer: Reading with Purpose Improves Your Writing

Reading Like a Writer: Reading with Purpose Improves Your Writing

By learning to read like a writer, with active, focused attention, you will learn ten times faster than by fumbling around and hoping to stumble upon effective ways of telling the story. Once you see how you can apply it and immediately improve your own writing, you’ll be hooked.

Are You at A Creative Pivot Point?

Are You at A Creative Pivot Point?

The pandemic can feel unending, and there’s a general sense among the people I know that we’re stuck in limbo. At least change is happening in nature. Here are some strategies for making the most we can of situations when our creative projects must pivot.

After Nano: Mission Creep and Takeaways

After Nano: Mission Creep and Takeaways

Like a helpful plugin for a powerful desktop app, the inner editor streamlines my work. So dismissing the editor felt like a departure. It was a risk I was comfortable taking – in fact, I looked forward to seeing how it would feel. Turns out I loved the experience. Words flowed and errors remained unfixed.