Tag Archives: Writing

I seem to have misplaced my motivation

MotivationI seem to have misplaced my motivation.

I would appreciate any help in locating it.

At first I thought it was merely under the weather and in need of antibiotics.

But now I’m convinced that it has taken a leave of absence.

I like to think of myself as a performance car with at least 5 gears (sometimes I can find 6th). But right now, I can’t even locate fifth gear. Sometimes I can’t get out of third gear! That’s abysmal! Continue reading

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The curse of the blessed deadline

Untitled1Nothing motivates me to do unpleasant tasks that I’ve been putting off like a writing deadline that’s quickly approaching.

Suddenly I find the motivation to take out the trash, do the dishes, mow the lawn, re-texture the bathroom walls, run a marathon, even blog. Continue reading


Four voices a writer listens to

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We tend to think of a writer as a voice that others listen to. That’s true. But no writer reaches any measure of success unless she, too, is listening to voices herself. Here are the four voices that I listen to, in no particular order:

The craft of writing
We all have room for improvement. From time to time I’ll read an instructional book that I hope will improve my sentences and paragraphs. I even went, to a seminar, last month, on the use and abuse, of commas (can’t you tell?). Continue reading


School, job, writing, and babysitting

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Do others claim they have to babysit you?

Are you an adult?

We need to talk.

Following directions is a lost art. That’s because we prefer to do things our way or the easy way (for many, these two are the same).

We all need advice from time to time. We all need wise counsel and helpful direction in life. Continue reading


Ship it!

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I’m applying the expression “Ship it!” to publishing.

It’s been used in the manufacturing world for decades, when a product came off of the factory assembly line, got packaged, and was shipped to the customer.

The tech world has borrowed the term for the last decade (see How Google Works). I first heard it applied to publishing while writing as a contributing editor for Logos Bible Software during my summer sabbatical from my church.

I find there are two extreme tendencies when it comes to writers. Continue reading


WHY do you write?

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Why do you write? What’s your motivation?

Are your reasons good? Is your motivation proper?

Or, perhaps another way to ask it: are there any bad reasons for writing?

I believe there are. Probably lots.

For money? I can’t say this is a bad reason altogether. Continue reading