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My blogging philosophy

My blogging philosophy

In the past six months, I have read or at least paged through about a dozen books on blogging and writing for the web, because I’ve been really focused on creating a better online presence for me and my writing. A few of these blogging books—Blogging for Writers by Robin Houghton, The Productive Writer by...

Deadlines work — If you know how to use them

Deadlines work — If you know how to use them

You might think a self-imposed deadline will motivate you to write that story, research that paper, or establish your vegetable garden. It won’t. At least, it won’t if you don’t have a plan to back it up. I have learned this from depressing, depressing experience. Here’s an example from last fall. It’s about September, and...

You’re never through with some things

You’re never through with some things

“You think you’re through with some things,” says the main character in Jess Walter’s short story “Anything Helps.” The character, Bit, is referring to his return to begging for money with a cardboard sign on the side of the road. The story makes me cry every time I read it. But I’m not talking about...

Grass is the color you make it

Grass is the color you make it

I occasionally feel dissatisfied with my life. The reason is simple and chronic: I keep comparing myself to other people. Although I love working in a public library and being around books and book lovers all day, and despite the fact that I consistently write five days out of seven, I often judge myself to...

Beginnings

Beginnings

Beginning is always hardest. Writing, yoga, walking my dogs on windy, sub-zero days, cooking dinner. Once I start, continuing is easy. It’s getting off the couch that waylays me. For two years I wrote a blog about metafiction, and then for another two years I wrote a blog about how migraine disease affects my life....