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On Being Worthwhile

Yesterday I stopped at Starbucks, because I had stars that were expiring at the end of the month and I wanted to use my reward before it no longer existed. As you may have experienced, their app was not working. I stood in the mostly empty Target Starbucks for five minutes, though it felt like twenty, logging into the app over and over again while the baristas waited for me, drink already made. Continue reading “On Being Worthwhile”

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Your To-Do List

Make something today.

It doesn’t matter what it is, or what inspires it, or how good it is. It doesn’t matter if you pour your soul into it or just doodle while you’re bingeing Friends on Netflix. It doesn’t matter if you have any talent or if it looks like it was done by a drunk third grader.

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Characters, Writing

Writers Weekend: Back to Schoolish

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Welcome to Writers Weekend, your virtual getaway dedicated to all things writing! Join a community of writers as we share our struggles, triumphs, and most of all, our love of the craft. Once a month I’ll post a prompt, whether it’s a list of questions or an open ended inquiry or just a random writing exercise. Write your post, add your link in a comment, and then check out and comment on a few of the other links! You can grab the blog button below (or the banner above!), but please link back.

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The Well, Writing

The Best Books on Writing

Are there any books regarding creative writing or the writing process that you personally recommend, and if so, why?

— Galen

To be honest, I don’t read a ton of books on craft. I go back and forth between thinking they’re a waste of time that I could be using to write and thinking that I already know most of what’s going to be in there. I have run across a few books that I’ve enjoyed and/or found helpful, so I’ll share those, plus a list of books I’d recommend in addition to process books. Continue reading “The Best Books on Writing”

Writing

You’re Saying More Than You Think You Are

This is not about body language.

It has nothing to do with tone of voice or eye contact or facial expressions.

This is about the unconscious linguistic associations that people will make while reading your writing, and why ignoring things like etymology and prosody makes you a really bad writer.

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Characters, Writing

Writers Weekend: Swipe Right

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Welcome to Writers Weekend, your virtual getaway dedicated to all things writing! Join a community of writers as we share our struggles, triumphs, and most of all, our love of the craft. Every other week I’ll post a prompt, whether it’s a list of questions or an open ended inquiry or just a random writing exercise. Write your post, add your link in a comment, and then check out and comment on a few of the other links! You can grab the blog button below (or the banner above!), but please link back.
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