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5 Things I Do at the Beginning of Every Year

In her book Happier than Before, Gretchen Rubin discusses the strategy of new beginnings as a way to set ourselves up for success in starting or maintaining good habits. According to this rationale, new beginnings (like a new job, new school year, or move to a new house) meaningfully interrupt old routines and thus provide an…
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writing strategies and writing tips

Mastering the Short and Simple: Three Ways to Get to the Point in Your Writing

One of my writing goals for 2018 is to produce content on a more consistent basis. In addition to this editing blog, I have my own podcast and blog as an author, not to mention a book to launch in January, which will require writing numerous guest posts and other promotional materials. I’ve been struggling…
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new year's resolutions, professional editing, goals

“18 for 2018”: How to Happy-fy Your New Year’s Resolutions

Do you like to make new year’s resolutions? In their recent episode of Happier, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft proposed–as an alternative to ordinary resolutions–making a happier project out of 18 things for 2018. In other words, make a list of 18 new things you could do during 2018 that would “spark joy,” to use…
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My 3 Time-Management Tweaks

I recently got to be on a panel at the monthly program for Editors Toronto, the local branch of the national editing association in Canada (Editors Canada). The topic was how to manage time as busy editors. In my talk, I shared three of the most useful tweaks I apply to time-management in my own…
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Are You a Starter or a Finisher?

Last week, I held a Facebook Live on the Writer’s Loom Facebook page. I focused on a question that’s important for writers to discern about themselves: are you a “starter” or a “finisher”? Do you gravitate toward beginning writing projects or concluding them? (See video below.) Before I explain this in greater detail, let’s back up.…
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Tracking Time, Day 1: Lessons in Life, Mortality, Stress, and Faith

For me, time-management has always been much more of an existential ordeal than is suggested by the neat and tidy to-do lists I’m fond of making. In fact, I have a whole other blog that is solely devoted to the theology of time. There, I plumb the spiritual and historical depths of what living in…
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What Writing and Working are Teaching Me: A Lenten Reflection

Things have been a bit sparse around here, mostly because I’m in the midst of finishing my book manuscript. In the absence of posts on The Writer’s Loom, I’ll direct you to a recent reflection I wrote on the act of finishing a book. For me, this is always a grueling process that seems to…
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Announcing my book: Time and Despondency!

Guess what? I’m writing a book! It’s about despondency, a sickness of the mind and the soul that ancient theologians termed akedia (acedia), which literally means “carelessness.” In despondency, our souls grow slack and we lose the ability to care and put a meaningful effort forth, particularly in the spiritual life. Although much has been written about this…
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The Simple Faith of Finishing: When Writers Get Stuck

I recently wrote an essay for Ancient Faith blog about the difficult task of finishing a writing project, not to mention all the emotional baggage that can conjure up… For openers like me, finishing a piece of writing requires even more faith than beginning it. To finish something is to send it out into the world, where you…
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Better Mornings than Before

Monday marked the start of an intentional plan to revamp my morning routine. It all started when a friend and I started reading through Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before, a perceptive exploration of the art of changing and mastering habits. What sets Rubin’s book apart from other works I’ve read on the topic is she…
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