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A Summer of Finding Joy

Laura Ayo

At the beginning of the summer, I vowed to “see the joy” in writing wherever I could. As I had hoped, I found it everywhere –  in unexpected places and at surprising times. I kept a journal of my findings and now share some of it with you in the hope that it will inspire you to find joy within your writing life, as well. Enjoy. Continue reading

Pretty Good

Megan Norris Jones

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000 hour rule, which states that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill. This notion is both encouraging and discouraging. It’s encouraging because it means if I practice, I can become good. It has inspired me to dedicate time to my craft and consciously cultivate the skills I lack. It’s discouraging when I consider how long 10,000 take to rack up when I squeeze writing time into 15-30 minute increments. This is going to take a while.

Then I heard a TED Talk by Josh Kaufman, and he introduced me to the 20-hour rule. In it, he argues that, while it might take 10,000 hours to master a skill, 20 hours of deliberate practice can make you decent at most things. Continue reading

See the Joy

Laura Ayo

Last night, my husband and I were watching a stand-up comedian on television. Pete Holmes elicited big laughs from his bit about finding moments of joy, which, fitting for a writer, referenced Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. “I see joy everywhere,” he said as part of the bit. Right then and there, I set my writing goal for the summer: to see joy everywhere in my writing. Continue reading

Write with a Sense of Urgency

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

It has been nearly three weeks since our write-a-thon and we hope that you feel you have developed a steady writing practice. Habits are wonderful things to develop, especially since we can see a tangible result: word-count increase, clarity related to plot or character, or an eager hunger to write above all else. Continue reading

Listen to the Story Inside You

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

Yesterday, I had the privilege of accompanying my daughter’s class to hear Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and the step-sister of Anne Frank, speak. Mrs. Schloss’s story was heartbreaking, compelling and memorable. She said during the program that she didn’t share her story for a long time, but came to realize that it needed to be told. Her messages of hope and acceptance also, in my opinion, needed to be heard.

As writers, I think we all have a pressing need to share our stories, even if it takes us a lifetime to tell them. By writing about experiences, whether real or imagined, we evoke sympathy, empathy and countless other emotions that connect us to one another as a human race.

So keep that in mind today as you work on your manuscript. Dig deep. Listen to the story inside you that must be told and must be heard. I promise, someone is waiting to hear what you have to say in the way only you can say it.