Nothing To Write About

06.30.2014 writing

Why didn’t you write today? “I don’t have anything to write about.” And that, my friend, is a lie you tell yourself. Of course you have things to write about. If a friend were to drop by or invite you out you’d have lots of things to talk about. A family member calls and asks, […]

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Five Questions For Writers #2: Is Your First Draft Good Enough?

02.25.2014 writing

Ask yourself this question and answer it honestly. It’s not for public consumption. It’s just for you. Is your first draft good enough? Mine? No. My first draft is written in a rush of idea and passion. Sometimes I strike gold, but more often I find that I haven’t quite gotten the idea across. But […]

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Why Don’t Writers Write?

11.05.2013 writing

Writing is a very difficult thing to do. It is an act of will. Sustaining the will to write for long periods of time can be exhausting. Almost any artistic pursuit is difficult, especially if you want to do it well. But I’ve found that writing in particular is extremely difficult, even for those of […]

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Proofreaders, Copy Editors, and Editors: Different Roles and Critical Tasks

03.12.2013 blogging

Marco Arment, someone who is doing very interesting work in both software and publishing, recently posted a piece on his blog. Something in it caught my attention. It wasn’t the topic of the article. It was this footnote: A good magazine’s editor would have made me revise it, but single-author blogs don’t usually have editors […]

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Tools For Writers: The Reader’s Journal

02.11.2013 Books and Literature

I wish I’d kept a journal of every book I’ve read over the years. I have a very good memory of what I’ve read or intend to read, but it would be so nice to flip through the pages and see what I thought or felt as I read those books across the years. There […]

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