Has anyone ever called you a perfectionist? How do you feel about perfectionism? Is it a feature player in your life or just a vague concept—something you read about and dismiss as irrelevant? If you’re unlucky enough to develop it, … [Continue reading] about Writers and Perfectionism: How & Why to Shut Down This Toxic Combination
It’s ironic, if you think about it--the way writers reveal truths about humanity, truths spun entirely from lies. As fiction writers, you make up fantastic lies to get to the truth. That’s a lot of power in the hands of a writer. And you … [Continue reading] about Writer Beware: 3 Big Lies You Keep Telling Yourself
In addition to my work at Author Weekly, I teach college writing to about 200 students each year. They’re a fascinating mix of traditional students, international students, and mid-career professionals looking to expand their employment … [Continue reading] about The Strongest Predictor of a Writer’s Success or Failure
You know you should write more. You want to, in fact. And you’re beginning to feel guilty about the time you waste—time you could've spent writing. You’re starting to notice a pattern to your procrastination: Surfing the web Group … [Continue reading] about How to Write Every Day—Guaranteed!
Writing is complicated. This powerful, transformative medium that exhilarates us, waking us up in the middle of the night, frequently boils down to an awful lot of hard work. I often wonder how and why writing becomes difficult. What changes … [Continue reading] about How to Love and Accept Your Writer Self