Category: Uncategorised

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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.…
Read more

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…
Read more