Archive | July, 2010

The Deadline Myth


Writers do NOT write better when a deadline is looming. Deadlines do NOT make people more creative. Deadlines make people more resistant.

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The Time Myth


We think we need hours and hours to really get into our writing and the only way we can imagine getting that kind of time is to multitask like crazy the rest of the day. The truth is that you don’t really need hours and hours to be creative.

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Announcements: Group Discount on Fiction Class


  The Instant Fiction 4-day intensive workshop I’m teaching at Madeline Island School of the Arts August 16 – 20 needs more students. This will be a really fun class with lots of in-class writing to generate energy and ideas for either new material or stories and characters you’re already working with. We’ll meet in […]

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Squirrel!


One of the primary forms of writing resistance is distraction. And one of my favorite illustrations of distraction is in the movie Up when the dog Dug explains how his collar vocalizes his thoughts: “My master made me this collar. He is a good and smart master and he made me this collar so that I […]

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Please Don’t Pay Me! (Why Write Part 2)


Several studies may explain why money isn’t top of mind for writing students. Offering an extrinsic reward for a creative task actually decreases performance.

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Why Do You Write?


I figured my writing students were thinking of publication and making money someday and just didn’t want to say so. But now, I’m not so sure.

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