All stories and books start with a really bad first draft.

All stories and books start with a really bad first draft.

Do you ever get so frustrated with writing that you're tempted to quit whatever it is that you're working on?

I've been working with writers as a coach and leading leading writing challenges for a few years now, and I'm always reminded that there is a predictable flow to any writing experience. 

The first few days, week or start of a project writers are on Cloud 9. They're fresh, have a lot of enthusiasm, and they have fun testing out new writing tools because they're not working on the actual piece yet. The stakes are low. 

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A writer's mantra for dealing with doubt

A writer's mantra for dealing with doubt

Not too long ago, I went for a walk with a good friend in the aspen grove above her house. The rain began to fall just as we turned around to head for home, and in the final stretches, she told me about a book she’d been reading.

An English teacher, she gets excited about a good book, and she had a lot to say about its layers and its relevance to society. I love her book recommendations, but I’d just spent the day writing. I couldn't listen to her description without comparing it to my own work:

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