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The SPIKES Protocol and Me: How a Doctor’s Bad News Improved My Communication Skills

Have you ever felt deflated, overwhelmed, or just plain weird after someone commented on your writing? Even when the criticism is constructive and well-intentioned, if it’s not communicated in a way that’s clear and empowering, it may cause more damage than good. As an editor and writing coach–not to mention a writer myself–this is a…
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Project Management for Writers: the 6+2 Week Goal Cycle (with printable template)

If you’re like me, you find the project management side of creative work to be… Wait, what’s project management? My point exactly. For years, I’ve been trying to find a project management strategy that worked. Planning on a yearly or quarterly basis was futile because they were too long–I was constantly changing course or reconsidering…
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3 Ways Podcasting Has Made Me a Better Writer

This is the next post in my ongoing series about how podcasting helped me recover from my PhD and led to my publishing a non-academic book. It’s intended for academics and current graduate students wondering how they might branch out into new areas of research and writing. In this post, I discuss the top three…
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Hi! I’m working on mapping out content for the next year and need your help! If you are interested in getting better content on the topics you are most interested in, please take ten minutes to fill out this anonymous reader’s survey. Your feedback is valuable to me as I continue growing and expanding my…
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How and Why I Started a Podcast while Defending my Dissertation

This is the next post in my ongoing series about the steps that led to my publishing a non-academic book shortly after completing my PhD. It’s intended for academics and current graduate students wondering how they might branch out into new areas of research and writing. Today I’ll be focusing on why and how I…
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Point A to Point B: How I Published a Book While Recovering from My PhD

I defended my dissertation in October 2015. At the time, I was so burned out I didn’t think I’d ever write again—academically or otherwise. It’s now a scant two years later and I’m holding in my hands a hard copy of my first book, published the old-fashioned way with a press and everything, on a…
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How to Defeat Shame through Generous Writing

One of the most difficult struggles writers face is what I call “pre-emptive shame.” We encounter shame before there’s even a reason to–before we even put our work out there. Sometimes just thinking something you’d like to put in writing is enough to debilitate us, let alone actually finishing a project and publishing it–or trying…
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How to Focus Ideas through Generous Writing

It’s happened to all of us. We start writing with a crisp idea of what we want to say. As we venture into the details, however, we get lost–in the minutiae, in a sense of personal inadequacy, or in fear and shame. Maybe we simply get lost in the research, lost in everything we know…
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How to Nourish Abundance through Generous Writing

Does writing ever seem like a shot in the dark? Like the world of ideas has already been picked dry by more creative or successful writers? Does your genre ever feel too small for a measly scrap like you? Today, I’m kicking off a series I’ve called Generous Writing. It’s about how to use writing…
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5 Ways to Support Authors (That Don’t Cost Anything)

In our Amazon-ified world, being a book lover (or a book writer!) can be disheartening. Every few months, it seems, Amazon announces new measures that allow it to further undercut the authors and publishers of books on its website. How can we support authors and their publishers to ensure their books keep getting published? Here…
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