Category: Writing

Take the 2018 Reader’s Survey for The Writer’s Loom!

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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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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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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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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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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