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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Type a word. Think. Type a word. Think. Here's how to end the madness.

Type a word. Think. Type a word. Think. Here's how to end the madness.

An aspiring writer told me that she wants to write a book based on some of the true (and funny) experiences she’s had working with kids. She has a whole list of stories to include. 

When I asked if she’d tried writing any of them, she said that she had, but it went something like this:

•    Type a word
•    Sit and think
•    Type a word
•    Sit and think

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