Putting ideas into words.

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How to Earn a Career in Writing – Part 2

Many writers and creatives struggle with something I like to call a Finishing Complex. They tangle themselves so unnecessarily in worries about What Happens When This Is Over that they stop before they ever get to Over.

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Give Your Readers a Tour of Your Character’s Room

I scanned the books, the souvenirs people have given me on their return from world travels, the medals and bib numbers from races past. Honor chords from graduations; photos; the abandoned computer printer shoved into a corner.

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How to Earn a Career in Writing – Part 1

Near the end of 2016, I finally dove headfirst into a book that had been sitting untouched on my shelf since August – a book that completely renewed my faith in the possibility that creative people really can “make it.”

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Hope for the Off Days

As a writer, you are typically either On or Off. When you’re On, the ideas seem to flow without signs of slowing down. You keep writing even though you’ve met your daily quota. You start dreaming up a dozen different new projects – things you’ve never tried before, but suddenly, you REALLY want to.

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The Joy of Publishing is Dead

Unlike many real-world publishing situations, nothing we wrote got published without at least one round of revisions. Once something we’d done wrong had been corrected over a few consecutive weeks, we learned not to do it anymore. We got better. That was the point.

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Are Writers at Fault for the Spread of Misinformation Online?

Misinformation on the internet looks a lot to me like an infection. It has a collection of signs and symptoms many people ignore. It’s contagious. Once you contract it, it’s very hard to fight it off. But it can be prevented. Prevention is our best bet to avoiding things getting even worse.

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