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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: 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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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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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.

Cover of Alix E. Harrow's forthcoming story The Six Deaths of the Saints, with a hand and arm in armor visible between torn swaths of bright red.

Alix E. Harrow on bodies

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I’ve been thinking a lot about rhythm and timing lately. I’m posing these questions simply as an invitation for you to think about them, too. It’s easier to imagine being inventive and playful with rhythm in fiction than in nonfiction, but why should fiction writers (and readers) get all the fun? What would this video’s timing look […]

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A-rhythm-a-rhythm-a-rhythm

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How do you feel about your writing—and how does writing make you feel—when it’s going well? For me, it feels like a delicious gathering of power, an accumulation of kinetic energy. A little like this, or this: Conversely, why and when does your writing stutter out? What does it feel like? What have you done […]

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How does writing make you feel?

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You have only twenty minutes of writing time today but spend the first five remembering what you did yesterday. You’re overwhelmed and paralyzed when your hands hit the keyboard. You lose the thread of ideas from day to day, feeling momentum leaching out of the process like air out of a tire.  You poke around […]

Wood and metal suspension bridge across a valley into the treetops. Photo by Sven Huls via Pexels.

Building bridges isn’t just for engineers