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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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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