Fruits of Labor, Seeds of Labor: What Am I Planting?

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A good friend of mine recently shared a string of publication wins. If I’m being a little honest, one of my first thoughts was, “Lucky you.” There’s always a tinge of jealousy when I hear the good news of other writers, even when they are my friends and I am genuinely happy for them. If […]

Week in Review: 50 Days in Review

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I didn’t notice until after I posted yesterday that it was my fiftieth entry on the blog. So, instead of some insightful intro/retrospection, I just wrote about typing. But you probably didn’t notice either, so I don’t feel that bad. You also probably didn’t read that post, but I don’t feel too bad about that either. […]

Confessions of a Non-practicing Writer

Some days I think of myself as a non-practicing writer. Like someone who was raised Catholic but no longer observes any of the sacraments. Or someone who identifies with the cultural aspects of their Jewish heritage but not the religious parts. It’s like I identify as a writer but I’m not doing any of the […]

Alcolytes and Writers: Waiting for Gods, Waiting for Recognition

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I’m putting my proverbial money where my literal mouth is. Yesterday, I claimed that sharing is better than hoarding. So, I thought I would follow my own advice. I recently read Is This the Proper Response to Fame by Demian Farnworth on his blog, The CopyBot. Demian’s focus is copywriting, but his advice is often applicable […]

Josh Shares a Crappy First Draft: Pathological Grooming

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Pathological Grooming I sit behind the desk, legs crossed in a hunched over kind of way, in a way I know is ruining my hips and back, in a way I fall into automatically. With a touch of nervous energy, or agitation I rake fingers through my beard, pinching, pulling, subdividing as if I can separate […]

How I’ve Failed at Slow: Typing, Skating, Swimming

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I’ve never liked “slow and steady wins the race.” For one, it’s not really true. Maybe steady wins the race, but not slow. For another, the parable doesn’t suggest that the hare loses the race because he was fast; he loses because he was arrogant. Mostly, I don’t like the idea of slow because it’s […]

Reflection and Stillness: Finding Space for Your Writing

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I learn too much. I listen to too many podcasts and read too many blogs. (I don’t read too many books at the moment.) I know it’s too many because I can recall only a small percentage of what I consume in a given day. This morning I listened to three (short) podcasts while walking […]

Gratitude and Generalization: Thanks for Everything

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One of the most prevalent pieces of writing advice is to be specific. Use detail to create a vivid image in the reader’s mind. Avoid words like “something” or “stuff” (I know, my writing could use some work). Use active verbs and specific nouns instead of adverbs and adjectives. This is all great, but it […]