Why Writing on Paper Matters in the Digital Age

Bullet Journal

Nothing can replace the experience of writing on paper, so why seek out a digital replacement?

Last month, I faced a predicament: How should I organize and manage all my projects? I’m a freelance editor; I have to organize my client work smartly, otherwise I won’t finish the work on time and get paid. I manage several projects with multiple clients, and sometimes I get overwhelmed.

I looked at my schedule and my to-do list scattered across four apps on my phone and a half-used notebook on my desk. I went through my stuff to organize it, and it dawned on me that I had a problem: I spent too much time playing with organization apps and programs in an attempt to perfect my productivity, but I didn’t spend enough time actually being productive. Continue reading →

When Should You Self-Publish Your Book?

With digital tools, we have infinite publishing and writing possibilities. But how do we know when to self-publish and when to wait?

The future is here, or something like that. At least, that’s what self-publishing advocates say. As Jason and I said in our latest podcast episode (Episode 7), self-publishing’s been around for millenia, we just think of it differently in the digital age than we did in the past.

Isn’t that how it goes? We always think whatever is happening right now is new and untested. The truth is, the monolithic, “traditional” publishing system was a blip in history, and it’s not as lucrative as it was 10 years ago.

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Take A Walk. Your Writing Depends on It.

Walk in the Woods

Writers have known for years how important walking is to fostering the creative process. Now science backs it up.

On those days when my writing isn’t coming to me (like today, to be honest) I take a long walk. Sometimes I go on a run. During that walk (or run) I think through the problems I’m having and figure out why I’m stuck.

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On Slowing Down and Writing Well

Writing well

As writers, we are sometimes faced with a lot of pressures to perform. But what’s most important is that we write, and write well.

We’re seven days into a new year, and over the past two weeks or so, we’ve seen a litany of articles on the state of writing and publishing. Predictions and resolutions for 2014 show up in my Twitter feed daily. That’s fine; I’m happy to see people’s 2014 predictions. For me, I think it’s time to return to the basics. Instead of spending time building an audience and platform, what can I do to push myself as a writer?

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How to Find That Perfect Social Network

The Perfect Social Network

What makes the perfect social network?

For a while now, I’ve been trying to figure out what makes the perfect social networking platform. Is it ease of use? The largesse of the network? The design of the site itself?

After reviewing Tom Standage’s upcoming book, Writing on the Wall: Social Media — The First 2,000 Years, I started re-assessing the way I use social media. I wanted to know what made the perfect social network to fit my needs.

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