Making Your Writing World Safe

Choosing an Ideal Reader

  So often when we sit down to write, we bring with us a chorus of nay-sayers.    All those people we’ve encountered throughout our lifetime who have been unkind to us or critical of what we’ve said or done.   The chorus might consist of one […]

Gathering Momentum, Part I

WRITING AFTER A LONG SILENCE  This is a confession and a celebration.  I haven’t been writing for quite a while.  My silence on the page was due mainly to a book proposal which my agent loved but which none of the editors she showed it […]


PERFECTIONISM I Most of the writers I work with have wrestled with perfectionism at some point during their writing career.  When I struggled most with my own writing during college, I rewrote my opening paragraphs so many times that when I finally turned a term […]

How Long Should I Write?

  I’ve been reminded recently, both by clients and by my own hectic life, that we often stay away from our writing because of a misconception about just how much time we should set aside before we even think about sitting down to write.  I […]

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Weeding Out Your Critics I’ve known for a long time that internal critics loom large in keeping writers from their writing.  I learned this first for myself, when I realized that one of the people responsible for my block was Mrs. E. Dora Lauck, my […]