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Touchstones: Shifting Focus

Touchstones: Shifting Focus

My focus is gone. It fled sometime last week, so if you see it, please send it back! But thanks to certain touchstones, I’ve been able to get a lot done. The more tired or the more stressed I am, […]

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Short Story Problems

I recently realized that I haven’t touched a short story in months. Maybe even a full year. Yikes! Focus has a lot to do with that. Are you sensing how this is a recurring theme for me? I though it […]

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The End Of A Notebook

I love to be reminded of why I write longhand. Seriously. I am two pages away from filling the current notebook. This means an(other) entire notebook filled with my words. It’s a total rush. There is something about smoothing my […]

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Write the Fun Bits. Or Don’t.

We’ve probably all seen this advice in one form or another: write the fun bits. If it’s boring, skip it. This is dangerous advice because it gives the impression that writing should always be fun. Clue: it’s not. What this […]

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Switching Modes

It’s been . . . a long time since I drafted anything more than a blog post on my computer. Typing is such a different mode from writing longhand. It works with a slightly different part of my brain. This […]

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Starting

What do you need to start? A writer-friend asked me that question this week. (At the time, I was bemoaning wanting to start a particular novel and not being ready.) My initial answer was along the lines of, “I don’t […]

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