Get Outside the House

Get Outside the House--Write RightGet outside the house and do something. Walk the dog, visit a neighbor, stroll around the neighborhood. — Write Right

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Defeat Perfectionism with Emergency Hope

Write Right's Emergency Hope KitPerfectionism is a constant companion. It can be quiet for days, weeks, sometimes even months. It’s biding its time, waiting to strike. When it does, it fights dirty. A kick or punch to the kidneys. An elbow to the center of the back.

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Find a Quiet Place

Lake Como, MN--Thom WalkerYou’re my quiet place of retreat;
I wait for Your Word to renew me.
— Psalm 119:114, The Message

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Do One Thing

Do One Thing--Write RightDo one thing today, even if it’s something small like washing the dishes or sweeping the floor. – Write Right

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Waiting for Ravens

Waiting for Ravens--Write RightThe word of the Lord came to him [Elijah], saying, “Go hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there.”

So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook. It happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.

1 Kings 17:2-7, NASB

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Hope for the Hopeless

Judean Wilderness--Hope for the HopelessWhy are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.
Psalm 42:5, NASB

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Take a Break (from the Writing)

Take a Break from the WritingI am a strong proponent of establishing and keeping a writing practice. I am an equally strong advocate for taking a break from it. Rest is needed, no, required.

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How to be a Better Writer: Be Teachable

How to be a Better Writer: Be TeachableThe idea of being teachable relates to humility. You submit to another, be it the author you’re reading, the employer you serve, or the professor teaching the class. You open yourself to criticism and new ways of looking at things.

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How to Overcome Discouragement

How to Overcome DiscouragementA writer is not a writer because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway. — Junot Diaz

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How to be Patient in the Gap

Tree at SunsetTo be an artist means not to compute or count; it means to ripen as the tree, which does not force its sap, but stand unshaken in the storms of spring with no fear that summer might not follow. It will come regardless. But it comes only to those who live as though eternity stretches before them, carefree, silent, and endless. I learn it daily, learn it with many pains, for which I am grateful: Patience is all!

— Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, “The Third Letter”

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