Writing Advice That's Worked for Me

I’m a dude who likes a blueprint, and I’ve got several thousand dollars worth of Lego sitting in the closet of my home office to prove it. When I set out to do anything new, I like to research what others have done. I like best practices. I like a roadmap, and I do well with an outline.

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On Writing Well

On Writing Well by William Zinsser is one of the best books on writing I’ve ever read. It’s the kind of practical, no-bullshit approach to writing I love reading.

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Where Do Ideas Come From?

I get ideas at the most inconvenient times. An idea rarely shows up when I’m sitting in front of my computer, freshly caffeinated, text editor at the ready, with enough free time on my hands to flesh out the idea, and save it for later.

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The Mother Tongue

The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson wasn’t the book I thought it was going to be. I found it on a listicle late last year, as I was skulking around the internet, looking for books about writing.

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The Art of Fiction

I finished up The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner earlier this week. As I read, I felt those horrible wheels turning in my Underbrain, and several times I stopped reading to take notes on something I wanted to write. The surest sign that I’m reading something worth reading is how easy that book is to put down, jump up and get my hands dirty. My hands were filthy by the time I finished The Art of Fiction.

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April Wrap Up

I’ve not been looking forward to writing this wrap up post. My current system of blogging once a month about the books I’ve read isn’t ideal. I’m not writing well about what I’ve read, even though I’ve been taking notes and sending myself email reminders for points I want to make in my wrap up post.

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March Wrap Up

There’s something about the third month of any new system I try that often proves to be the failing point. I tend to lose motivation around month 3. My famous enthusiasm wanes, and I get bored. I move on to something else. I stop caring as much.

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Everything is Material

I’m reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and this quote rang true enough I had to jump up and write about it.

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What I Did in February; or, The Nightmare of Copy Editing

I came out of February having read three more books, written thousands of words, and with a new discovery about the trouble I have editing my work.

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My Writing System

So far this year, I’ve written rough drafts for two short stories and I’m most of the way through a third. I write 500 words a day, first thing in the morning, before I do anything else. I do 1,000 words on the weekends, or when I have a day off work. It’s hard to calculate just how far I am into this third story. I’ve discovered something interesting about writing fiction - it doesn’t always go according to plan.

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500 Words a Day

I’ve been writing a lot lately. And reading a lot lately. And reading about writing a lot lately.

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Producing

I’m not a big fan of LifeHacker as a platform for content. Most of the articles I run across are boring, click-bait listicles with no substance. More fluff in a sea of bullshit content marketing. I don’t think all content marketing is bullshit. I love well written, useful content marketing. But content marketing is the thing right now, and most of it is bullshit.

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On Writing

Eleven years later, this is still the best advice on being a writer I’ve ever heard.

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Twilight / Lost Boys Fanfiction, Part I

Edward Cullen found himself alone with his thoughts one rainy spring night, and decided to go for a walk to calm his nerves.

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