Writing Process

Does the First Draft of Your Writing Have to be Bad?

I must be a bad writer, because very often my first drafts are pretty good. And pretty close to what the final product ultimately looks like. Maybe my standards are low. Maybe I’m not the writer I think I am. Maybe I’m not a very good editor. Hemingway famously said, “The first draft of anything […]

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To Improve Your Writing, Stand Outside of It: 7 Tips

Sometimes the best way to improve your writing is to stop editing and tackle it from a completely different perspective. The Limits of Editing and Revising When I wrote my first book, I figured that after almost a year of revising and editing, I pretty much had it nailed. Then I went on to write […]

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Joss Whedon’s Writing Process: Make It Fun

I haven’t seen much of Joss Whedon’s work, but there’s no question he’s a prolific writer and creator, so I loved these tips of hisĀ on the writing process. Make Writing Fun For me, the big theme here is the idea of making the work of writing fun. For instance, he rewards himself — not just […]

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Are you a maker or a manager?

I came across this great article recently about scheduling and time/project management. It divides the workplace into two types of people: “makers” and “managers.” There are two types of schedule, which I’ll call the manager’s schedule and the maker’s schedule. The manager’s schedule is for bosses. It’s embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each […]

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