Blizzards, writing and uncertainty. How to find your way through.

Blizzards, writing and uncertainty. How to find your way through.

Sometimes, life hands you the perfect metaphor for writing. Like a blizzard I drove through last month:

My instincts told me to get a hotel room even though the Friday evening workshop I taught was two hours from home. But it had been a long week and it was only 7:30 PM—dark but still early. I pointed the car toward home and started for the first mountain pass.

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Overwhelmed by the holidays? How to manage your writing during busy times.

Overwhelmed by the holidays? How to manage your writing during busy times.

Can you tell that in the coming weeks you're not going to have time for writing? Maybe you are super busy at work or you have family obligations. Or the holidays simply mean that writing is going to take a back seat.

I want to give you a couple of tips for navigating busy times. Watch the video below or keep reading for my tips on how to decide if you need a break and how to set yourself up to return to your writing.

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Haven't been writing? One simple way to get back to the page.

Haven't been writing? One simple way to get back to the page.

Has it been awhile since you’ve shown up to the page? Do you feel like you’re circling your writing? Thinking about it more than you’re actually doing it?

I know the struggle to begin writing is real, and the longer you’ve been away from the page, the harder it is to begin.

The good news is you can make it easier. Watch my video below or at this link, or keep reading.

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Want to stay organized? Keep it simple.

Want to stay organized? Keep it simple.

Writers do you ever find it hard to sit down and write because you cannot remember where you left off? Or you’re having a hard time deciding where to begin? If so, I can relate.

If you’re like me, you’ve already tried the over-the-top approaches. You’ve done the excel spreadsheet. You’ve done the color coding. You’ve done the methods that take more time to create and maintain than the act of writing itself.

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Short on time? Here's how to write anyway.

Short on time? Here's how to write anyway.

Are you frustrated by how little time you have for writing? Or perhaps playing the waiting game? You know, waiting until you have that perfect hour or two, maybe even a whole day to write?

Then the latest video from WritingStrides is for you. As a writing coach, one of the biggest mistakes I see writers make is to overestimate the amount of time they need to make writing worthwhile.

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Ever find it hard to trust the writing process? You're not alone.

Ever find it hard to trust the writing process? You're not alone.

There are moments in writing when you have to decide what to do next, but you don't know what kind of outcome you'll get. Will the thing you decide to do actually work?

It can make the writing process so uncomfortable. The joy and happiness of showing up at the page transform into uncertainty, doubt, or worry. I see it often in writers, and it makes me think of "hand ringing."

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What a DIY Writing Retreat Reminded Me About Writing

What a DIY Writing Retreat Reminded Me About Writing

Last week, my writing partner and I did something luxurious: we set aside a whole day for writing. We planned a month in advance to safeguard the time and picked the same date so we could keep each other accountable.

As the day approached, I was torn: work on my novel (I'd like to finish a draft in a year) or spend time on new ideas percolating since a late summer vacation. I've also been thinking about a book on writing. 

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Make progress in your writing by setting intentions, not goals.

Make progress in your writing by setting intentions, not goals.

Not everyone is a goal setter, and I get that. At times, I'm rather loose about it myself—especially when I sense that my writing needs room to breathe and evolve. But when you want to make progress toward a specific outcome, it can be helpful to give yourself direction and focus.

Goals are one way to do that, but there's something important to remember: good goal setting is gentle and realistic. And good goal setting uses a different word altogether. Intentions.

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Taking stock of your fall writing goals? Read this first.

Taking stock of your fall writing goals? Read this first.

Maybe it's a remnant of my academic days, but the fall has always felt like more of a "new year" than January 1. The summer and all of its fun is winding down, and with fewer daylight hours and colder temps on the horizon, it feels like a natural time to take stock: What have I accomplished so far and what do I want to accomplish in the months ahead? 

I see a similar pattern in my writing clients. They reassess what they've been writing and what they'd like to accomplish in the coming months. It's nice to know I'm in good company.

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