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Book Release Event – June 3 in San Francisco

Jason Cirimele and I will be presenting our illustrated collection of flash fiction, Short Hot Flashes, at Mission: Comics and Art, 7 – 9 pm, Wednesday, June 3, 3520 20th St, San Francisco, CA  (415) 695-1545 The event will include readings … Continue reading

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Enjoy accounts of the agony of the blocked writer? Read Geoff Dyer’s ‘Out of Sheer Rage”

Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence was originally intended to be an academic study of D.H. Lawrence, or maybe a novel…or something. It turned out to be “or something” –  a darkly hilarious and agonizing first-person account of not-writing. … Continue reading

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Starting up again, after a long writing drought

If you’ve had a long non-productive spell in your writing and are making plans to start up again, structure your reentry plan so that failure is unlikely to occur. Protect yourself from the habitual tendencies that will predictably derail your … Continue reading

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Rip Van Winkle Writing Habits: How long does it take to change them?

Rip Van Winkle was a rather lazy procrastinator who went to sleep for twenty years. When he awoke the world had changed. This can happen to any writer. No two writer’s block problems are identical, and neither are their resolutions. There … Continue reading

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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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