Category: Writing

Draft 4 of the writing life

Over the weekend, I read John McPhee's new book, Draft 4: On the Writing Process. I am drawn to almost any "writer on writing" book, but I was particularly interested in this one because I took McPhee's writing seminar at Princeton many years ago. He had taught a course on the literature of fact for decades, but in the spring of 1998, he decided to offer it as a fres… read more »

Writer on deadline

I usually don't let too many days go between blog posts. So just a quick note of explanation: I'm trying to wrap up this round of edits on Off the Clock by the end of the month. Which is rapidly approaching! This book has been an interesting beast to write. Creating a first draft was easy. Almost strangely so. The editing has been a lot more difficult. I'm currently… read more »

Friday thoughts

A random assortment of stuff on my mind right now: I turned in my manuscript of Off the Clock to my editor. The book will be published on May 29, 2018. Timelines in traditional publishing are fairly long, but the upside is that I have the next 10 months to grow my platform, and try to introduce more people to my work, so when the book comes out next spring, there's a re… read more »

Updates from the writing retreat

I have been doing a bit of "deep work" this week, getting my manuscript of Off the Clock in shape to turn into my editor. Since I'm speaking at a conference here in the PA mountains Wednesday, I elected to drive up a few days early to finish the book in solitude. It's been good. I love the concept of writing retreats. While writing is my job, the rest of life often cons… read more »

My quarterly goals: A mid-year check-in

We are halfway through 2017! As longtime readers know, I make quarterly goals each year. I aim to set a major goal each quarter in each of three life categories: career, relationships, self. I find that quarterly goals work better than New Year's resolutions because you can do many things, while still focusing on one goal at a time. In any case, here's how I di… read more »