Category: Better Writing

5 Ways to handle writer’s block

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If writer’s block is a problem for you, here are a few ways to deal with it. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, let’s start with prevention. Preventing Writer’s Block: Change the Name, Change the Game Let’s be clear, writer’s block is not some irresistible force of an evil empire. It’s also  »  Read More

Deliberate Practice and the Semi-Pro Writer

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Writing is a craft. That’s good news, because you can master the craft. But it can be bad news because learning to write well won’t be quick or easy. Here are some thoughts to help you on your way to good writing. All Good Writers Were Novices Once Nobody is born knowing how to write well. We all have to learn the  »  Read More

Walking and Writing

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I got out of the Marines when the jogging craze was in full flower and it just seemed natural to go for a little run every day. I did that until I was about 35, when I realized that I really hated running. I never got that vaunted “runner’s high” that people talked about. Instead, I got sweaty and I got sore knees  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Charles Bock

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Charles Bock and I are not related. I have not read his novel, Beautiful Children. But I have read the advice he gave to the Atlantic which is included their “Best Writing Advice of 2016.” That’s where I discovered that Charles and I have more in common than a great last name and the fact that we write for a living  »  Read More

2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing

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Want to write better? There are a couple of simple things you can do to improve your writing right away. You don’t need a writing coach like me and you don’t need to take a class or read a book. Here’s all you have to do. Read It Aloud This is probably the easiest thing you can do and the one which will have the most  »  Read More

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