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How to Practice Public Accountability

The flipside of the public over-share is public accountability. Here are a few ways a writer can do it: Commit to a regular blogging practice. (emphasis on regular) Uses Twitter and Instagram to show yourself showing up.  ( I recently posted a video of me starting my morning pages at 5:15AM) Post a screenshot of your word-count Write/ post a serialized… Read more »

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I Promised not to Sleep in. Damn it.

Still waking up at 5:00 every morning, still not a morning person. The other day, I had just snoozed through the second alarm out of three when I remembered last week’s post about waking up early. A bolt of guilt shot me out of bed. Obviously, none of you would ever know if I slept in,… Read more »

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Friday Roundup feat. Kenny Chesney

“Writing is a hard business but nothing makes you feel better..” —Ernest Hemingway    Kenny Chesney talks to NPR about Hemingway’s influence on country music.   Todd Hido’s ‘Intimate Distance,’ stunning photography in the New Yorker.   Your $40,000 cabin in the woods.   The Museum of Flight has a virtual tour of historic aircraft.

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Edit Sleepy

The average reader is exhausted. She’s skimming for the gist on her phone. He’s looking for a good stopping point because he can’t keep his eyes open.  He’s glutted with information  and hasn’t got room for your words.  She has a stack of manuscripts to get through and she knows the sooner you give her an… Read more »

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Now Page on Now Now Now

My now page is now featured on Derrick Sivers’ NowNowNow  with a fun little interview. Check it out now. More on my decision to replace the ‘about me’ with a now page.   

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Waking up Early as Balzac

Hemingway woke up every morning at 6:00. Early to rise, Ben Franklin got up at 5:00, so did Oliver Sacks. Haruki Murakami rises at 4:00. Balzac’s writing day began at 1:00 in the morning, he would go to bed at 6:00 PM. F. Scott Fitzgerald dusted off the cobwebs around 11:00 AM. Brain Pickings has a… Read more »

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Can’t Control it? Then Don’t Worry About it

11 Things You Can Control Tools (the right pens, enough paper, software etc.) Commitment, even if you don’t have much time to write. Seeking mentorship. Reading. Showing up, even when you don’t want to. Starting Finishing what you start. The space to create. This may be limited, but you can always find it. Living a life… Read more »

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Friday Roundup (How to Ask a Question like Louis Theroux)

“To press a lot, you must press a lot.” —Soviet weightlifting proverb.  Ryan Hollinger tells us how Louis Theroux asks a question.    Sugar is poison.   An aspiring writer and fly fishing guide takes a trip with Jim Harrison and Peter Mattheissin in Fly Fishing Confidential.   Outside’s guide to jungle gym fitness.    

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Why I’m Ditching the ‘About Me’ & Author Bio

As a rule, author bios and ‘about me’ sections are just horrible. They tend to read like a cringe cocktail of humble-bragging and answers to the worst pickup-lines. You want to be your quirky self without putting anyone off. You’re a writer who puts down reading as a hobby. You end with some pseudo edgy… Read more »

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Autumn Reading: My Massachusetts Bookshelf

Today was perfect reading weather on Cape Cod: Grey and wet with northeast winds and a small craft warning out on the water. It’s good to be home in the fall and surrounded by my books. Here are my top home-state reads. Mystic River -Dennis Lehane (fiction) The movie (more specifically Sean Penn’s back tattoos) helped put… Read more »