Passion vs. Curiosity
The Writing Process

Passion vs. Curiosity

Finishing a project brings about two contradictory emotions: exaltation and dread.  On one hand, birthing an idea and witnessing its metamorphosis from squirming caterpillar to a shimmering creature capable of flight offers a sense of gratification few things can.  We mere mortals accomplished a feat of God-like proportions: we brought something into being that previously didn’t exist!  … Continue reading

On Criticism, Revision & Maintaining Neutrality When We Revisit Our Work
The Writing Process

On Criticism, Revision & Maintaining Neutrality When We Revisit Our Work

All writers occasionally doubt themselves when they revisit their work.  “You, a writer?!?” our censors scoff, “can your sentences be any more choppy?”  “And that ending?  Could you conclude in a more predictable way?  I thought we did away with ‘in the end’ and ‘all and all’ in 2nd grade?” Suddenly, our work, our whole … Continue reading