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Write Like an Onion! (Ep 005)

A weird but useful writing strategy, especially for crunch times!

Theme Your Days (Middlesode)

It’s difficult to keep multiple creative projects moving ahead at the same time. In this episode, Sarah explains one tool she uses to make distinct times to work on different projects: giving each day (or half) day of the week its own theme. Resources we mention in this episode: Sarah’s blog post: Theme your days…
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Making Mental Space for Writing (Ep 003)

You need mental space. So how can you shape your life to create more of it? Think about these five areas and how they can be a friend – or a foe – to your mental space: time, location, attention, emotion, and other creative projects. Resources we mention in this episode: Michael Hyatt’s concept of…
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My Spring Speaking Schedule

Just about to kick off my spring season of speaking engagements! I speak in the context of both my writing/coaching work, as well as in the context of my own writing, which tends to revolve around Church history, practical theology, and Eastern Orthodox spirituality. Most of my talks this spring will revolve around my recent…
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Ep 002: 3 Things to Love About the Messy Middle

Like it or not, the messy middle is where we spend most of our time as writers. If you don’t find something to love about it, you’ll burn out pretty quickly. In the thick of Book #2, in this episode of the WoW podcast, I share what I’ve come to appreciate about the middle phase.…
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“Minerals!”: What Improv Comedy is Teaching Me about Writing

One of the mantras in improv is “There are no mistakes!”

Three Things I Learned from “Failing” my LifeScore Assessment

Nearly every year around this time, I take the free LifeScore Assessment by leadership mentor Michael Hyatt. It’s a quick (5-10 mins max) way to get a bird’s eye view of your life–from family to financial, social to spiritual areas. I use it as an end-of-year inventory to help set more targetted personal and professional…
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Using the 6+2 Week Template

Yesterday, I posted a free project management template for writers inspired by Jason Fried’s 6+2 Week system. Here is the original post in case you missed it. Today I’ll break down the template and explain how to use it. How to Use the 6+2 Week Template At the top of the template, fill in the…
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Focusing Ideas through Generous Writing

It’s happened to all of us. We start writing with a crisp idea of what we want to say. As we venture into the details, however, we get lost–in the minutiae, in a sense of personal inadequacy, or in fear and shame. Maybe we simply get lost in the research, lost in everything we know…
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