Grasshoppers and procrastination

February 16 by

Why does intending to write a certain thing take the wind out of it for me? It doesn’t make sense.

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How to write on the bad days

September 22 by

It’s easy as writers to let the circumstances in life weigh us down past the point of creativity and openness. I don’t want to be here. I don’t FEEL like making a point.

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Noticing Life’s Accoutrements

September 20 by

I am a writer. Shouldn’t I remember those kinds of details?

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What you can learn about web tech from the clothespin

March 11 by

What you’re using in a clothespin from this decade, in the modern age of smartphones and satellites, is exactly the same technology people were using before Morse code or the indoor toilet existed. Here’s why.

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Show them, don’t tell them

March 1 by

We hear this in every writing class, we read this in every writing book: “Show, don’t tell.” Here’s how to do that in a blog post…

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The Difference Between Forcing and Allowing Inspiration

February 18 by

Many times we try to force ourselves to be inspired.  From my perspective, that rarely works.  But, if we’re willing to allow inspiration – it comes. “What’s the difference?” you might ask.  Well, let me see if I can explain. Forcing is trying to make something happen that doesn’t want to happen. When we try to force inspiration, it becomes elusive.  We sit and struggle with the words, or with the pencil, the brush, the project, the whatever.  We can’t get started because we think there’s no spark.  Or we start something just to become frustrated because it doesn’t come easily. I knew I wanted to write a post about inspiration.  So, I sat down at the computer, and opened a document.  The cursor blinked at me.  And blinked at me.  I started trying...

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