When I sit down to work on my novel, or even this blog post, I want a keyboard (or at least a touchpad) and a screen. I’ve waxed eloquent elsewhere about the Scrivener writing app and its more portable versions for the iPad and iPhone. You know that I love me some digital words. I set my schedule on iCal, my to-dos on Wunderlist, and reach out to the world on Twitter (@mnj23). But I still can’t let go of my paper journal, and my writing benefits as a result. Continue reading
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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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →