Josh Shares A Crappy First Draft: Weird

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One of the secrets to good writing is crappy writing, specifically crappy first drafts. Rough drafts are one thing, but crappy drafts are golden because they allow us to set low expectations. They remove some of the pressure of hitting the blank page with quality writing. They also get us into the right headspace for […]

Writer’s Block: How to move beyond “I don’t know what to write.”

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I don’t know what to write. I don’t know what to write. I don’t know what to write. This is how my writing sessions usually begin, unless I am already in the middle of a project. It’s how this started. Usually, I go back and take that out once I’ve picked up a little steam. […]

Risk and Safety: Why You Should Swim without a Lifeguard

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The lifeguard is there to protect us. That is what we believe. The lifeguard is there to bail us out when we get into trouble, when we move beyond our capabilities. The lifeguard is the assurance that someone will take care of us when the swimming gets to be difficult or we grow tired. But the lifeguard […]