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For #feedyourwritingfriday, a suggestion from Lydia Davis to build quiet time onto the end of your writing session so your brain can continue to noodle with your ideas and you’ll be available to catch anything comes forth. Note that for her, this time isn’t a do-nothing time—it could overlap with doing dishes or laundry or taking […]

Leave a pocket of time after writing

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Pre-pandemic, my partner and I loved to host. He’s an academic; most of our friends at the time were, too. Every semester I’d watch their gripe-o-meters and stress-o-meters nudge higher and higher until, by grading time, my friends were little more than exhausted, groaning husks of themselves. So we applied our love of hosting to […]

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How to do all your writing in a hammock

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Today’s feedyourwritingfriday: Consider Laura Portwood-Stacer’s course on Developmental Editing for Academics if you are: An academic who wants to build your revision skills or to give better editorial feedback to colleagues or students. An editor interested in helping academic authors craft their best work. Laura is an excellent, organized, experienced teacher and I’m confident this course will […]

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Developmental Editing for Academics

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Today’s #feedyourwritingfriday: If you want to start the new year with a big hug for your creative writing, try Before You Begin with Heidi Fiedler. You won’t find a more generous, warm-hearted, and honest guide to the challenges of holding onto creative work while also parenting and juggling all the challenges of life. She’s offering […]

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A hug for your creative writing

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Begin this winter, get tools and strategies that last for the long haul of your writing life. You’re a nonfiction writer in the middle of a project, but you’re stuck. Uninspired. Overwhelmed. It nibbles away at you, deeper and deeper, a toxic combo of professional pressure and personal disappointment and self doubt and feeling disconnected […]

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Flash offer for nonfiction writers of all stripes

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You came. You wrote. You…stalled out. There was too much going on. You fell out of love with your idea and now can’t bring yourself to work on it. The project is too big—it’s overwhelming. You have no idea what to tackle next, or what direction to take it in. The end of the semester […]

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What having a partner can enable

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Today’s #feedyourwritingfriday: A 25% off sale on Writing the Other courses, recommended by trusted colleague Tanya Gold.

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25% off at Writing the Other

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My early training as an editor happened around the kitchen table and had nothing to do with books. My parents are both intelligent and loving people, but their brains could not be more different. My dad’s mind is a steady river; he thinks things through step by step and presents information in a logical order. […]

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The beating heart lives in the ear

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I just wrapped up an edit with a first-time author who impressed me with her curiosity about and commitment to the writing process. She used the craft book Dreyer’s English to help her think through grammar, punctuation, and style.  Disclosure: I haven’t read it. But I will now, especially because another writer wholeheartedly seconded the endorsement, saying […]

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May your bookshelf runneth over

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Today’s #feedyourwritingfriday: This newsletter from author Alix E. Harrow (of Ten Thousand Doors of January fame) is marvelous writing in and of itself but also gives delicious food for thought on writing with/from bodies…or not. Read it here.

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Alix E. Harrow on bodies