AUG
12

It's like breathing to me: Interview with Lola Davina, author of self-help books for sex workers

It's like breathing to me: Interview with Lola Davina, author of self-help books for sex workers
Whenever I talk about sex work with someone from outside the industry, they fixate on two annoying questions: Why did you start? (Why not?) And how did you get out? (I quit.) These questions annoy me because they avoid the juicy meat of the experience. So do a lot of resources for sex workers. Mainstream culture’s got help for getting out and tips for not getting into sex work, but Lola Davina has written a book about life in the industry. What’s more, she wants to talk about a whole lot more th......
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JUL
10

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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JUN
19

#TransLove: Interview with Clair Farley

#TransLove: Interview with Clair Farley
The San Francisco Business Times just named Clair Farley one of 2017’s OUTstanding Voices for her exceptional contributions and visibility as a leader in the Bay Area LGBTQ community. Director of Economic Development at the San Francisco LGBT Center, Farley’s everyday writing work includes editorials, blogging, and developing PR and social media content. “Writing lets me share my authentic self with the world to help transform that world to be a safer place for those of us that are que......
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JUN
13

Writing Out: Why, Where, How

Writing Out: Why, Where, How
You have stories to tell and points to make, but all that genius inside you needs to move out into the world. Show your writing how to do that by literally taking your writer self out into the world. If you’ve never attended a Shut Up and Write Meetup, give it a try. These quiet-writing events in cafes and libraries are an international phenomenon and worth every minute you spend trying to find your meetup spot. I’m a fan of my local in San Francisco’s Mission, but I loved making new friend......
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APR
15

Feedback Giving Dilemmas: Solutions, Structures, and Scripts

Feedback Giving Dilemmas: Solutions, Structures, and Scripts
A writer in your life has asked for feedback on their work. Don’t panic! You may feel nervous about not having anything to say. You may think the writer knows more than you do about writing. You may be worried about hurting sensitive writer feelings. First, take the compliment. If a writer has asked for your feedback, they respect you and value your opinion. Even if you don’t love what they’ve written, even if you don’t understand it, or can’t get through it, what you have to say is gold. You'll......
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