On Criticism, Revision & Maintaining Neutrality When We Revisit Our Work
The Writing Process

On Criticism, Revision & Maintaining Neutrality When We Revisit Our Work

All writers occasionally doubt themselves when they revisit their work.  “You, a writer?!?” our censors scoff, “can your sentences be any more choppy?”  “And that ending?  Could you conclude in a more predictable way?  I thought we did away with ‘in the end’ and ‘all and all’ in 2nd grade?” Suddenly, our work, our whole … Continue reading

Empty-Nest Syndrome: Coping with the End of a Long-Term Project
The Writing Process

Empty-Nest Syndrome: Coping with the End of a Long-Term Project

After nearly 4 months, I finally finished the piece I was working on.  Now that it’s complete, I’m nagged by that dreaded inevitable question: “what’s next?” This feeling is familiar to most writers.  We work untold hours diligently, dedicatedly, even obsessively on a project, completely absorbed in an idea only to finally finish and feel … Continue reading

Don’t Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen: Writing as Entertainment
The Writing Process

Don’t Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen: Writing as Entertainment

William Zinsser, author of perennial classic “On Writing Well,” once argued the “mere serviceable is a drag.”  Despite what stuffy academics and the literati might say, I completely agree: the primary goal of writing is entertainment. “What?” you might scoff in disbelief, “what about the nobler goals of information and persuasion, guidance and enlightenment?” Yes, as … Continue reading