Posts tagged ‘writing routine’

Jun 19 2019
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How to make writing prompts work for you

How to make writing prompts work for you

  Writers either love or loathe prompts; there seems to be no in-between. Those of us who love them use them to focus, or to explore, or just to write when we are stuck on another project or feel uninspired. Those of us who loathe them feel constrained by their specificity, or think there are no original prompts out there, or just don’t want to be “told” what to write about. At the Center, we…

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May 08 2019
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Make the absolute most of your writing time

Make the absolute most of your writing time

You did the hard part already. You shuffled things around in your schedule, prioritizing what needed prioritizing and letting go of what didn’t. You analyzed your “free time” and figured out when and how and where you might fit in a good writing session instead of a Netflix binge, and you created a space in your home specifically for writing, complete with good lighting and your favorite pen. You are ready to go. Now, what…

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Apr 17 2019
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Dive into writing readiness with these 5 tips

Dive into writing readiness with these 5 tips

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie offers some suggestions to set yourself up for success before you even start writing—especially if you’re writing about tough topics. Writing readiness is more than having a dedicated writing space and practice. Especially in the case of writing harder stories or traumas, it’s important to prepare mentally and emotionally for putting memories into words. If you are suiting up for a deep dive into rough waters—or even just a marathon laptop session—here…

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Apr 10 2019
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7 writing tips for moving from rut to routine

7 writing tips for moving from rut to routine

Adapted from a 2015 Tips for Beginning Writers post on the benefits and logistics of establishing a writing routine, if you’ve struggled to do so. Maybe you aren’t a routine kind of person. Some of us are; some of us aren’t. But I’m guessing that if you’re reading a blog post about writing tips, you’re open to suggestion. Because there are precious few writers out there who can subsist solely from practicing their craft, most…

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Jul 02 2017
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Letter from the director, July 2017

Letter from the director, July 2017

Dear writers, It’s Fourth of July weekend and all I can think about is fireworks–how to light up the sky with words. Like you, I write. I have several projects in progress at the moment, and probably also like you, I sometimes struggle to get to the page. Life gets busy, and between our various obligations, sitting down to write (especially when the weather is gorgeous!) can pose a challenge. To myself and to all…

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Sep 10 2015
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Tips for Beginning Writers: Developing a writing routine

Tips for Beginning Writers: Developing a writing routine

Maybe you aren’t a routine kind of person. Some of us are; some of us aren’t. But I’m guessing that if you’re reading a blog post about writing tips, you’re open to suggestion. Because there are precious few writers out there who can subsist solely from practicing their craft, most of us tend to fit writing in where we can, between paying jobs, managing households, raising children, and engaging within our communities. As such, don’t…

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Dec 31 2014
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Writing-related resolutions for 2015

Today’s post is a simple one in honor of the coming new year—some quick suggestions that might deepen your writing practice, in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions: Start a new journal. Sign up for a writing course or group, or start your own. It can be as easy as sharing email addresses with other writers who want to give and receive feedback on each other’s work. Be a better observer of the world around…

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Dec 17 2014
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Sarah Alan’s DIY blog success story

When I wrote the post about starting one’s own blog, I was definitely hoping that some of my students would consider blogging as a way to extend and enhance their daily writing practices. I was not disappointed. Check out this comment on the Center’s Facebook page by Sarah Alan, who is a Writer’s Eye student I’ve “known” through her skilled writing over the past two months:

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Dec 05 2014
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Daily writing: Journal for you, blog for community

Daily writing: Journal for you, blog for community

One of the common goals that writers have often concerns the frequency of their productivity: I will write every day, or I want to write so many words per week, and so on. I keep a journal, but I also write a blog. Why blog? The simplest answer is because we want our work to be visible and to make connections with other readers and writers. Bonus points if you have some area of expertise…

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Oct 29 2014
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Writing through resistance: Tips for getting to the page and staying there

The image I have set as the cover on my Facebook profile bears this quote: “There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.” The quote is unattributed so I don’t know what its author meant by “Resistance,” but I know what it means to me….

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