Tag: writing

Project Management for Writers: the 6+2 Week Goal Cycle (with printable template)

If you’re like me, you find the project management side of creative work to be… Wait, what’s project management? My point exactly. For years, I’ve been trying to find a project management strategy that worked. Planning on a yearly or quarterly basis was futile because they were too long–I was constantly changing course or reconsidering…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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5 Ways to Support Authors (That Don’t Cost Anything)

In our Amazon-ified world, being a book lover (or a book writer!) can be disheartening. Every few months, it seems, Amazon announces new measures that allow it to further undercut the authors and publishers of books on its website. How can we support authors and their publishers to ensure their books keep getting published? Here…
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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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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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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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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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