What I'm Doing Instead of NaNoWriMo

Column by Leah Dearborn November 1, 2016
I honestly don't have the time or desire to pump out 50,000 words for fun or practice, especially since it would draw energy away from the commercial writing that I rely on.

Six Habits of Prolific Writers (and How to Make Them Yours)

Column by Riki Cleveland May 18, 2016
If you’ve ever fought to get the work done or dreamed of being a high-volume writer, here are six habits to cultivate.

Five Reasons Not to Give Up on Your WIP

Column by Raine Winters March 4, 2015
Quitting is easy. Continuing to write: that's the hard part. Here's five reasons why you should never give up on a WIP.

5 Ways To Write A Page A Day In 2015

Column by Christine J. Schmidt January 20, 2015
2015 is the year of the writer, and that writer is you.

NaNoWriMo vs. The Three-Day Novel Contest: Pros and Cons

Column by Leah Dearborn November 5, 2014
Are you a tortoise or a hare? NaNoWriMo isn't the only writing marathon, and participating in different challenges can help you discover more about your own habits.

Write Drunk: The Science of Altered States and Creativity

Column by Rob Blair Young March 11, 2014
The idea that altered states lead to creativity is an established cultural "wisdom." But is the "write drunk" mentality accurate? I look at the science while conducting a study of my own.

Willpower, Muses, and Other Destructive Myths of Writing

Column by Rob Blair Young January 13, 2014
I examine myths of absolute willpower, divine inspiration, and the identity of the writer, explaining why they are so prominent. Then I attack those myths. With glee.

Realistic New Year's Resolutions for Writers

Column by John Jarzemsky January 3, 2014
New Year's Resolutions are a great way to get a writing habit started, or to revive a flagging one, but tempering them with heavy doses of reality, humility, and time to rest is key.

Write Every Day in 2014: 14 Steps for Forming A Writing Habit

Column by Rob Blair Young January 2, 2014
A look at the science of habit formation, giving you 14 tips on effectively ingraining a writing habit in 2014.

The Internet Hates You: Five Writing Habits to Crush

Column by Phil Jourdan November 22, 2013
Five bad habits to break if you want your writing sessions to be more productive.

Don’t You Dare Stop! – 5 Bullshit Reasons for Giving Up on NaNoWriMo

Column by Cath Murphy November 14, 2013
NaNoWriMo's half way mark looms and you're suffering from a bad case of verbal fatigue. But enough with the bullshit excuses! This is why you must keep going and Finish That Thing.

8 Ways to Support the Writers in Your Life

Column by Rob Blair Young October 2, 2013
It's great that you want to support the writers you know, but sometimes it's hard to know how to do so. This article gives some simple advice on offering useful support.

Muttonchops and Robots: An Isaac Asimov Primer

Column by Daniel Hope August 12, 2013
Isaac Asimov is so much more than a set of incredible muttonchops. He's one of the greatest science fiction writers ever. Here's why you should give him a try.