Writing and Other Afflictions

"If it was easy, everyone would do it." –Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own"

Category Archives: you are a writer

How Do You Stay Sane?

Kelly McCullough has some excellent advice for writers.

I particularly like “whatever you’re writing is the best thing you’ve written” and “when you’re finished with it, it no longer exists.”

Be Yourself

Good advice in any profession. Joe Posnanski (yes, I read a lot of his columns) has a take on what this means to a major league manager. The same goes for being a writer. Don’t write in a way that isn’t you just to please an audience. Write what you love, be who you are, and then find your audience. It’s much more worthwhile in the long run.

You Are A Writer, part 252

Guy Kawasaki writes about the effect of stereotypes on performance. Basically, if you’re told “part-time writers never make it big,” you’ll believe that. If you don’t think of yourself as a writer, you won’t write like one. Frame yourself as a “writer.” Believe in your own success. (But do remain somewhat realistic and open to criticism.)