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Writing Life

Frequency Redux

Ten minutes. Ten minutes a day. Let us say that is all the time you have to write. To lift. Consider: ten minutes a day adds up to an hour and ten minutes per week. An hour and ten minutes per week is more than sixty hours per year. How many words could you write […]

The Hemingway Way

Leave something in the tank. That is another parallel between writing and lifting. Both the writer and the lifter benefit when she or he learns just how hard to work. This means two things: (1) starting and (2) knowing the right time to stop. Let me explain what I mean by that. I carry with […]

Habit Forming

One way to form a habit is to make the matter your day’s first priority. If something is important to you, after all, you put your attention to it first thing. This is where the writer-lifter runs into trouble. For here’s another parallel: the later the day gets, the harder it is to lift — […]

Intensity vs. Frequency

There are two means by which one grows muscle: by lifting weights with intensity or by lifting weights with frequency. Intensity: you lift hard. Frequency: you lift often. While you can, of course, find outliers, generally speaking, that is the choice. You must take one approach or the other. That is, you cannot do both […]

A Thought While at the Pot

I don’t know if this is the case for other writers but I wonder if one reason we are notorious procrastinators is that when we are writing we are, by definition, in direct contact with our primary materials — the things that make us us — our core — our soul, if you want to […]

Writing and Lifting

Here are two things I must do daily in order to be me in the world: 1. Workout 2. Write With respect to the former, for a number of years now, at least seven, possibly eight, I have made it to the gym with clockwork consistently. Committed or should be is how I phrase it. […]

The Word is Sword

In our writing group the format is as follows. After intros and a reading of the rules, the organizer says aloud a word, one word only,, and for 30 minutes we write in silence. Most take up the word in some direct or indirect way, though it is not in the rules that you must […]

Hangover, Too

You can, of course, experience a hangover without having first consumed any amount of alcohol or drugs. The body reacts to just about any over indulgence. I staggered out of bed yesterday morning and tried to pry my eyes open — about needed a power tool — as lightning reflected through my living room window […]

The Only Way to Go

There is no such thing as writer’s block. The failure to put anything out is the direct result of not putting enough in. Writing is the vehicle, reading is the gas. One may turn over the engine using an alternative source — another art form. This may work a time or two or maybe three. […]