I wrote 17K words in just two days

I’m surprised that I want to write this. I’ve written more in the last two days than I’ve probably written in the last year. And yet here I am, sitting across from the wood-burning fire in my fancy room at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, itching to write more. The last two days were my… Continue reading I wrote 17K words in just two days

Read Write Play: Q4 2017

A few months ago I wrote this piece about three things I wish I did more often to be and feel better. One of the things on my list was another list of three things. For personal enrichment, I want to always have something that I’m reading, something that I’m writing, and something that I’m… Continue reading Read Write Play: Q4 2017

Candid thoughts about being candid

For a long time I felt hamstrung in my ability to communicate professionally. I couldn’t say what I wanted to say because of how it might be perceived by the Scripted community. I wasn’t allowed to take risks, and that meant I couldn’t be completely authentic. It wasn’t fun to write because I couldn’t write… Continue reading Candid thoughts about being candid

Three “life hacks” I wish I did more often

This is an aspirational post. There’s a lot written on Medium about ways to live better, be more productive, and live a happier life. This is one of those posts too, but I’m no guru. I don’t always do what I’m about to write here. I just wish I did. Spend part of every day… Continue reading Three “life hacks” I wish I did more often

What I’ve learned from reading childrens’ stories

Lately, I’ve discovered that reading books to my daughter has taught me a lot about effective writing. A few takeaways are the importance of relating to readers, keeping language simple, and using predictable, repeating structures throughout articles. Write About Relatable Topics Authors who write books for children have to select their topics carefully. They need… Continue reading What I’ve learned from reading childrens’ stories