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My Imperfect Routines by Angie Powers

My Imperfect Routines by Angie Powers

Recently I was listening to a book about artists and the routines and rituals they used every day to create the bodies of work now recognized as genius. As I listened to the story of Trollope, who rose every morning at 5:30 to write for three hours and then got ready...
Decision Fatigue, Anyone?

Decision Fatigue, Anyone?

This November I’ve made a commitment to do National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Normally I hit such an event with a clear outline. I don’t necessarily have clear goals as to how many scenes I’ll write in a day. I have only that number NaNoWriMo...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: Z is for Zenith

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: Z is for Zenith

I used to dream that something was threatening me and I needed to run but I couldn’t move my legs, couldn’t propel my body into motion. In my waking life, a fear took hold that if I needed to run, I somehow wouldn’t be able to get going. Then one day I realized that...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: Y is for Yes

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: Y is for Yes

Say yes to your writing every day. Say yes when people ask you to read, when a line comes to mind and desires you to grab a pen, when the time comes to wake up and write and you feel like sleeping or you don’t know if you have anything to say or the right words to say...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: X is for X-Ray

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: X is for X-Ray

The more you write and read and edit others and edit yourself, the more you develop a kind of x-ray vision. You take a look at rows of text and see, at once, the flesh and flaws of it, the frame, the bones, the muscle, the hairline fractures, the breaks. Because you...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: W is for Write

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: W is for Write

There is one way forward. Words to the page. Every day it feels like a bigger risk. Good. Take it, like a treasure left carelessly close to the mouth of a cave or a wallet left peeking from the mouth of a purse. Take the risk; agree to the fear. Write. Write your way...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: V is for Visualize

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: V is for Visualize

I love guided meditations or hypnoses. Drop into the words, and your mind creates images, places, makes discoveries. As in sleep, our ability to conjure asks for no research or certain knowledge. We bloom story, or at least the full, embodied elements of story....
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: U is for Underbelly

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: U is for Underbelly

There’s a side of each rock, creature, story, that doesn’t get exposed–to the sun, to the outside eye. Call it the underbelly, the hidden truth. Write toward it. Loosen your pen so something can lead other than clear-eyed intention or fear. Discover what you...
Announcing Our New Podcast! Story Makers

Announcing Our New Podcast! Story Makers

We are so excited to announce the launch of our new show. Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to...

What You Need to Know About Revision and Deadlines

Revision and Deadlines Revision is hard to teach. It’s so easy to read and comment on someone else’s manuscript, but then the writer has to re-enter the work and read it along with me, in the form of my notes, and see my questions. Then they must turn to their own...
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