What to Do When Your Draft Genuinely Sucks

Taking Dictation

Image by Anuj Chawla from Pixabay Every writer I know understands that producing a book–or even an article or blog post–is a process. It’s rare for people to spew one version of something, hit publish, and have the world applaud. Instead, most of the time, content goes through multiple, painstaking rounds and is shaped over…

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The Ultimate Writer Self-Care Checklist

Taking Dictation

Image by Victoria_Borodinova from Pixabay Writing tends to be a pretty lonely and thankless job. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t take care of yourself so that everything you write has serious oomph. That’s especially the case when you’re writing about really tough stuff or…

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How to Keep Gratitude Journaling from Totally Sucking

Taking Dictation

Image by Kranich17 from Pixabay You don’t have to look very far to find the benefits of gratitude journaling — stress reduction, for example. But if you don’t approach it the right way, then keeping this kind of journal can start to feel more like a chore than a tool to relax and appreciate. And…

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The Real Reason a Great Writer Needs the Perfect Pen

Taking Dictation

Image by Here and now, unfortunately, ends my journey on Pixabay from Pixabay It happens to me every flipping year. School supplies come out, and there, somewhere between the Sharpies and zippered plush pencil pouches, I melt faster than the Wicked Witch of the West. I cognitively understand that I already own dozens of writing…

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