Tag: perfectionism

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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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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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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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 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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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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