Productivity

Make NaNoWriMo the Gift that Keeps on Giving

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Today’s post is written by Amanda L. Barbara. For writers just cooling down from NaNoWriMo, it’s tempting to lose steam as the holidays approach. Your weekend calendar is filling up with parties and family get-togethers, and you probably feel like you deserve a victory lap after a month of such high productivity. But whether or not […]

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When Fear Is a Good Thing for Your Writing

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Christi Craig. The summer I turned fifteen, my father came into possession of a used Vespa: shiny, red, and in excellent shape. It sat in the garage for weeks at first, and I imagined myself taking it out, sitting on the leather seat a few times with the kickstand […]

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How to Create a Three-Phase Writing Ritual

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Debra Eve. Literature abounds with the quirky things writers do to entice the muse. Victor Hugo wrote in the nude so he wouldn’t leave the house. Philip Pullman writes only in ballpoint pen on lined A4 paper with two holes in it. Maya Angelou checks into a hotel […]

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3 Ways to Simplify Your Writing Life

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This post is written by regular contributor Lydia Sharp. Not one of us navigating this thing called authorhood can say that we aren’t stressed. Some of this stress is unavoidable, beyond our control. But some of this stress can be reduced with a few changes to our daily routine. Here are three things that can […]

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Do Writers Need to Write by Hand?

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. Leading a discussion at a writing workshop a few summers ago, I fielded a question that struck me first as funny, then as thought-provoking: one participant wanted to know how often I drafted stories and poems by hand. I stumbled over the answer at first; I […]

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Planning Your Own Writing Retreat

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Christi Craig. Every once in a while, I read about a weekend retreat or a month-long writing residency, and I dream. If only I had a month to squirrel away on just writing. If only I had money to pay for just two days to slip away and write. Lament […]

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