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Disciplined Writing

Recent discussions about how historians write have emphasized once again that writing is not an inspired activity. Waiting for your muse merely disguises indolence. As with any craft, writing improves with daily practice. Whether 3,500 words or 500 words or a page, stop making excuses and instead make time to write every day. Contrary to […]

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Writing only Requires …

I can draft a scene on a cocktail napkin because writing only requires something to write with and something to write on. I have things to do. I have stuff to make. I have a life to live and I refuse to waste it on exact measurements and trial-and-error blog design. This doesn’t mean I’m […]

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Making Creativity Routine

In his Warming up Patrick Rhone points to the value of writing anything first thing in the morning. He borrows from Julia Cameron’s “morning pages,” popularized in her book The Artist’s Way. Like Rhone, Roxana Robinson’s morning routine includes both coffee and writing. For Rhone, Robinson, and Cameron the morning routine awakens creativity. Whatever mechanism […]