Resources and posts about the writing process

Beyond Rules

2019-03-21T23:24:37+00:00Tags: , , , |

I recently went through a box of ephemera from high school, including old essays. Each one I read started with a dictionary definition. According to Merriam-Webster, rigid (adj.) means inflexibly set in opinion, or strictly observed. I think an English teacher told me that one possible way to start an introduction is to define a [...]

Using Richard Feynman’s Technique for Writer’s Block

2018-12-04T01:34:40+00:00Tags: , , , , , , |

Richard Feynman was a Nobel Prize winning physicist who famously challenged colleagues to explain difficult concepts in simple language rather than “hide behind” the esoterica and arcane language of their fields.  A popular faculty member at CalTech, Feynman was dedicated to ensuring that his students learned the material rather than simply relying on rote memorization [...]

Finding Clarity Despite the Clutter

2018-11-19T16:49:44+00:00Tags: , , , , |

Like many, I multi-task throughout the day, juggling various responsibilities at the computer. Today, I’m juggling emails, finishing reports, editing texts, and writing this reflection.  If I am not careful, a variety of documents stack upon each other on my screen, and multiple internet browsers lie open, tempting me to explore in new directions. My [...]

Anatomy Matters

2018-10-31T15:46:50+00:00Tags: |

John McPhee is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who helped reinvent narrative non-fiction. He is also one of my writing heroes and mentors (even if he doesn’t know it.) McPhee has often spoken about one of the most important writing lessons he learned, back in high school, when he was in Mrs. McKee’s class. "We [...]