The Writer’s Loom Blog

Cognitive Tunneling and the Writing Process

As I write this post, it’s a rainy early morning. I’m drinking a cup of coffee and just finished off a ginger and date scone from a batch I made the other day. By all accounts, not a bad way to start the day. But I’m dreading finishing this post — there’s no milk in…
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2 Ways to Stay Sane While Writing

I use two metrics to “measure” (qualitatively) the health of my relationship with writing at any given time. I should explain that I gravitate towards two extremes in my writing practices–when left to my own devices, I either write too much or nothing at all. I often veer into an unhealthy relationship with writing that…
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(Re)Learning to Play

The other morning, I awoke to a startling set of pictures strewn across my Facebook feed. Do you ever find out things via social media that you wish you could have found out about in a more private, sensitive way? This was one of those things for me. The images were not from someone’s obituary,…
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Reading Home

For the last week and a half, I’ve mostly been away from the internet. I like to do this sometimes, especially when I’m traveling or working on a large writing project. In this case, it was both–a book proposal due at the end of the month and a trip back home to attend an awesome…
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The Art of Apprehension

Now that you’ve read the title of this post, you probably think I’m going to be talking about worry. Anxiety. “Apprehension.” And how to make something beautiful out of it. Come to think of it, that would make a really good post. Or poem. And given the degree to which I do stress about things,…
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The Evolution of Time Management, Part 2

In my last post, I introduced you to some of the ways I’ve addressed time management in my professional life. For me, and I think for most people, time management is a work-in-progress. We’ve never fully arrived, and we’re always finding new ways to streamline things. In the last post, I left off when I…
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The Evolution of Time Management, Part 1

Over the years, I’ve implemented several different ways to keep track of tasks. I’ve recently made yet another tweak to my system and it’s been a bit of a struggle. First, though, some context… I’ve always been a fan of the standard to-do list—there’s something so crisp and consolidating about a well-written list. Somewhere in…
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3 Ways to Edit Your Writing

3 Ways to Spot Your Own Writing Mistakes

Just out of curiosity: did anyone ever have any luck with all those Magic Eye puzzles back in the ’90s? You know what I’m talking about: the stereogram puzzles you’d hold right up to your face and pull away slowly until some image emerged from the chaos of color. I honestly never got very far…
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Relational Networking

Today, along with over 400 grad students, academics and alt- and post-acs in various stages of their career transition, I attended Beyond the Professoriate online conference. It’s a conference for people trying to do just that–get beyond the professoriate. Some of us are former graduate students, some of us are adjuncting, some of us are in tenure-track…
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Why We Can’t See Our Own Mistakes

One of the sadder facts of life is that we tend to see others’ errors more quickly and readily than our own. The tiny speck in our neighbor’s eye is almost always more apparent than the gaping 2×4 sticking out of our own. Nowhere is this truer than in writing and editing. How many times…
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