JUL
10
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Why Your Failing Eyesight Is Good For Your Writing

Why Your Failing Eyesight Is Good For Your Writing
My eyesight is not what it used to be. I blame almost fifteen years of editing and supporting writers. But in some ways, I think my failing eyesight is good for my writing. Pigeons fly blind. When they fly forward, they are not at all looking in the same direction they're moving. Instead, they watch the passing scenery, like a passenger in a car.  Years ago, while doing NaNoWriMo, I started the practice of writing first drafts—when I was using a computer and not pen-and-paper—to set th......
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MAR
03
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Feeling Stuck? Slow Down

Feeling Stuck? Slow Down
A lot of writers I meet try to edit while they write. Or they try to revise while they’re getting feedback. I’ve even seen a writer include an interview question in a query letter, thereby trying to do research while submitting. Not all writers use the exact same steps to get their writing done, but we do all have steps. If you don’t have steps, you may be taking several steps at the same time and living a certain kind of writer hell. My steps are: Research & Brainstorm Composing Transcribi......
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FEB
06
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What To Write In Your Valentine: Tips & Steps

What To Write In Your Valentine: Tips & Steps
You made a nice card. Now the pressure’s on to write the perfect note to your valentine. I’ve got you. Tips: Sincerity is key. Show it by making an effort. Start thinking about what you want to write a couple days before you plan to deliver your valentine. You need some time to say what you really want to say. The valentine card itself is the final draft. Write your first draft on a screen or on another piece of paper. You don’t have to write anything long. You just have to write somet......
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DEC
14
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The best thing I did for my writing this week...

The best thing I did for my writing this week...
The best thing I did for my writing this week was get on the San Francisco ferry. Maybe it was the spontaneity or the efficiency of it. Maybe it was the lights on the bridge. It made me very happy to be out on the bay on a clear night. Walking home, I worked out a structure problem in an essay and a math problem in my business. Writing is a craft, an art. It comes from the most sensitive and vulnerable parts of us. I try to handle my writer self accordingly: gently, with coaxing and in......
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OCT
19
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Sexy as F*ck: Interview with Poet JP Howard

Sexy as F*ck: Interview with Poet JP Howard
“Anyone who has ever been in love, who has ever loved at all costs, who has been screwed over, who has screwed someone else over, who has forgiven themselves, or anyone who is still learning to love themselves will love this new project,” JP Howard tells me. She’s talking about the debut of her new project at Lava's Night of Renegades this Saturday night, October 22, 2016, at 8pm, in Brooklyn, NY. The event brings together artists to share genre-bending works in progress: dance, theatre, co......
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