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What Counts as Productive Writing?

Sometimes I’m asked this question by writers seeking to evaluate their progress. They are wondering if email writing, research reading and note-taking, making an outline, sitting and thinking about the piece, free-writing or warmup writing should count as part of … Continue reading

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My micro-nano story writing practice just became a book

What began as a strategy to sustain writing became a book recently. A couple of years ago, to keep myself writing, I gave myself the challenge to write a a hundred and one 101-word stories within a year. This was … Continue reading

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Check out this useful blog post about scheduling writing from Jonathan Ball

http://www.jonathanball.com/write-a-lot-by-writing-on-schedule/

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Writer’s Block, Shame and Lying

Pinnochio came from a block of wood, and he wanted to be a real boy, but he had a problem with lying. If you want to be a real writer, but you’re blocked, this might be an issue for you as … Continue reading

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Feeling dread without being stopped dead

One of the anti-writing mind-states I am susceptible to is dread, which theMerriam Webster dictionary defines thusly:  “to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face.” Perhaps you have felt this about writing too. It is a curious thing to feel a profound … Continue reading

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Raised by writers…curse or blessing?

On the face of it, you’d think that growing up in a household populated by writers would be a real benefit for a young, developing writer. I’ve seen this to be true, not so true, and both. The benefits of … Continue reading

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Playing solitaire vs. doing some writing

Of all the possible diversionary activities one could engage in to avoid writing, why do so many people choose mind-numbing, pointless games like solitaire? Solitaire and writing are both lonely pursuits, so maybe they attract the same personality types. I’m of … Continue reading

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