“What is your blog about?” A justification. I think.

“What is your blog about?” A justification. I think.
The question is completely legitimate and likely innocent (and of course reminds me how much I hate the word blog). Yet I can receive the query as a request for justification—maybe because I have aske...
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Antidotes for Attentional Blindness

Antidotes for Attentional Blindness
Some days, I come away from my media exposure with a mental list like this: contact senator about fill-in-the-blank global emergency; read article about how to stop using plastic and implement suggest...
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Don’t Let Imposter Syndrome get in your Way

Don’t Let Imposter Syndrome get in your Way
(Also published on Stuff Writers Like) If you have ever been struck by the thought, “I’m a fraud; I can’t really do this,” you know that it feels very isolating. But in fact, research shows that as ma...
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Workshops Unlock the Secrets of Your Own Writing

Workshops Unlock the Secrets of Your Own Writing
I regularly pray that no copies of my earliest adult attempts at fiction writing are ever unearthed. I was making at least half of the common writing mistakes in them: telling when I could be showing;...
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Supporting Distinctive Locales is Important for Storytellers

Supporting Distinctive Locales is Important for Storytellers
Probably everyone has had the experience of driving through a strip mall area and recognizing that it is Anywhere and Nowhere. I used to travel frequently for work, and on quite a few occasions I had...
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