Write Every Day

Whether you’re new to writing or a seasoned veteran returning to the page, my weekly blog will give you strategies and tools to build the bridge between that dream writing life you put on the shelf…to you living it out starting, well, how about today?

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Create a Journal You'll Love to Write in on writing May 03, 2021

Part of the joy of writing is the tactile nature of it— the movement of ink across the page; the weight of your pen in your hand; the satisfaction of finding just the right journal to write in.

For some it might be a legal pad filled with lines to guide their thoughts or the soft, inviting...

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Introducing the Writer's Sketchbook on writing Apr 26, 2021

One of the things I love about teaching at an art college is that it gives me an inside glimpse into the habits of visual artists. In the moments before class begins, I watch my students sketch in their notebooks. Sometimes their sketches lead to great works, but most of the time the doodles they...

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Create a Writing Calendar You'll Love to Stick With Apr 14, 2021

Jerry Seinfeld developed a habit early in his career where he challenged himself to write a joke a day. For every day he wrote a joke, he drew an X on his calendar. Every time he passed the calendar, he saw those X’s lining up, and their cumulative effect urged him to keep up the streak. He...

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A Room of Your Own: Create a Writing Space that Allows, Invites, & Inspires You to Write on writing Mar 29, 2021

It might be an office or an attic. A corner of a bedroom or laundry room. A table at a coffee shop you earmark just for writing. A chair you designate as your writing chair.

What is most important about your writing space, whether it’s an entire room or just a nook, is that you create a...

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Where to Start? How to Turn Our Rough Drafts into the Best Versions of Themselves on writing Mar 22, 2021

When I write a first draft, my focus is on inviting inspiration, on opening myself to the magic or spark that ignites my writing—the image; the story; the memory that wakes me in the middle of the night; the pinprick of an idea I jot down in a journal.

One of my favorite methods of...

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Where to Start? Write Without Fear on writing Mar 15, 2021

The Free Write is a writing strategy developed in 1973 by Peter Elbow that helps us separate our inner creator from our inner critic. It reminds us that our writing is composed of two distinct processes: composing and editing. And it forces us to focus on the task of creating our work before we...

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Where to Start? The Case Against Perfectionism on writing Mar 08, 2021

“The consequence [of writing] is that you must start by writing the wrong meanings in the wrong words; but keep writing until you get to the right meanings in the right words. Only in the end will you know what you are saying.” —Peter Elbow

 

Where to begin as a writer?

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Write Every Day on writing Feb 22, 2021

It's a disservice that we don’t see great writers at work. They tend not to take a lot of photos because the actual work looks like a person sitting in a chair with their fingers wrapped around a pen or keyboard. And that doesn’t make for good television.

     This...

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The Most Important Writing Exercise You'll Ever Do on writing Feb 15, 2021

Welcome to Write Every Day. No matter what genre you write, or how long you’ve been writing, I’ve created this blog to share the tools, strategies, and inspiration I hope will help you kick start your writing practice and create your best writing life. And I’m so glad...

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