How to Overcome Writer’s Burnout

Last summer I’d just put the finishing touches on a short story when the idea for a new story was brewing. I was in the early planning stages, uncovering the characters and developing their stories. I had a solid plan of where the plot would take them. Then...

Why “Show, Don’t Tell” Is All Wrong

If you’ve been writing for more than five minutes, you’ve heard this old saw: Show, don’t tell. There is value in this message—whether you’re writing a short story, novel or memoir. But I think the takeaway gets overpowered by the mantra....

Writing Exploration: Seeking Color

The best writing prompts foster curiosity, connection, and conscious attention. These writing prompts, I call them explorations, are grounded in your world, based on what you notice, what you find interesting and exciting enough to record. (You know how I feel about...

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