Writing Articles

The Story Begins at Midnight

Beginnings and endings are important inflection points in stories and in life, but the significance depends on context and perspective.

Writer or Organized Squirrel?

False starts are part of my creative process, and they sometimes generate material I wish I could use. The trick is keeping track of where I saved those unused possibilities.

The Dreaded Blank Page

Not knowing how to begin is no excuse for writerly procrastination. Here are two of my favorite ways to get myself unstuck.

Writer or Organized Squirrel?

Writer or Organized Squirrel?

False starts are part of my creative process, and they sometimes generate material I wish I could use. The trick is keeping track of where I saved those unused possibilities.

The Dreaded Blank Page

The Dreaded Blank Page

Not knowing how to begin is no excuse for writerly procrastination. Here are two of my favorite ways to get myself unstuck.

Does the First Sentence Really Matter?

Does the First Sentence Really Matter?

I just started reading Maphead, by Ken Jennings, and I am already sure I’m going to love it. It's the kind of book I'm inclined to like—but I am only a few pages in and already hooked. How? Writing instructors often stress the importance of the first sentence, and I...

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