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Why I Can’t Talk to Anne Lamott

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Each time I see Anne Lamott, my subconscious takes a memo: you know that thing you are writing or were thinking of writing? You’d better get on it.

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The Accidental Filmmaker

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I’m still a writer first, and always will be. But filmmaking gave me a way to do it in the company of others.

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Zine Fests: Meccas of Joy for Writers

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 3 Comments

Zine fests are a great for meeting new authors and finding inspiration. They’re like art openings for writers! Here are some tips for tablers and attendees.

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Getting Knocked in the Head

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 8 Comments

Life has been hitting me on the head a bit harder lately, and I’m figuring out how to deal with it, emotionally, professionally and creatively.

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How To Unwrite Writer’s Block

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Step away and build a birdhouse, and your story will be suddenly discernible. The birds will appreciate it too.

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On Writing: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do Next

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When you’ve worked the same area over and over and over from nearly every angle, it’s time to either give it a big rest or go do something else.

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How Can Anyone Write in a Coffee Shop?

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 5 Comments

Those people who so effortlessly click out blog posts while sipping coffee must have thousands of fans all over the world anticipating their every update.

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Distribution Isn’t Always What It’s Cracked Up to Be

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Getting distribution for your film can mean a lot of things. And for true indie filmmakers, often enough, what it means is not good.

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5 Reasons We Shouldn’t Let Long-Form Journalism Die

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The greatest pieces of journalism, the ones that changed things, have rarely been rip-and-read pieces.

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We Love Your Work and We Want It for Free!

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If a for-profit enterprise is making money from folks who contribute for free, I’m immediately suspicious.

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Vision — Bored to Board

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My friend hosting us said, “Hey, let’s make a vision board!” I thought I would rather die.

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Deadlines are scary

Write Now!

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

A deadline is the arch nemesis of humanity’s most endearing hindrance, procrastination.

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The Kite and the Butterfly

Let Go of the String — Lessons from My Grandfather, Part 2

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My motivation for writing work would flame high and then, when I felt like I wasn’t succeeding well enough or fast enough, it would completely burn out.

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Romanticizing Alcohol (or Why Writing Drunk Is a Terrible Idea)

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I’d peel my face off the pillow and read what I’d written the night before. And even in my still fermented state, I knew it was trash.

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Keep Your Pencils Sharp — Lessons from My Grandfather, Part 1

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He used his #2 pencils to record, in tiny perfect handwriting, every single writing-related task that he carried out each day for 50 years.

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4 Things to Know When Applying for a Reporting Job

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Even if you are a social media maven who gets tons of web traffic, your work will be useless if you can’t report and write and if you don’t have great news judgment.

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