Subject Matter Inexpert

Straight out of college I took a very corporate job — the kind with an annual week set aside to celebrate itself, complete with a cake in the shape of its logo and “fun” pop quizzes on company history. But I was writing for a living. Granted, I was writing about facilities management, preventive maintenance …

I Don’t Know Where To Put A Proper Paragraph Break

Confession: I have no idea where to put a paragraph break. It started earlier in the year when I read Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes The Sun and Lara Vapynar’s Still Here back-to-back. Both novels have paragraphs containing dialogue spoken by more than one character. Since then, I’ve seen it in other books, including Claire Vaye …

Decluttering to Make Way for Writing

Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University and the author of Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World, describes how a structured day protects the mind from distraction, and, he’s found, coaxes creativity because the mind is not in a state of semi-distraction. He advocated for single-tasking to prevent “attention residue,” …