Too Late to Turn Back Now

Road sign reads "Dead End"There’s a point in every art project (or blog post or essay or short story or novel or [fill in with your favorite creative endeavor]) when, for lack of a better word, I lose my nerve.

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Are You Procrastinating Right Now?

4693754318_e4f1d7601b_bI have a Pinterest board for inspiration. One of my favorite pins is a picture of Virginia Woolf surrounded by text. The text reads: “I WILL LOCK YOU IN A ROOM OF YOUR OWN UNTIL YOU FINISH YOUR NOVEL.”

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Make Writing Easier With Mind Mapping

These are not my students, but you get the idea. Photo credit.

These are not my students, nor are they CSU students, but you get the idea.

Back when I taught writing to undergrads at Colorado State, I asked them to observe their writing processes. That is— what really happened when they needed to write something? Did they begin by drinking coffee? Watching TV? Cleaning their rooms? (Was there something going underneath these avoidance activities?) Did they settle in at a table in the library or the student center? Or did they head outside to sit under a tree with a notebook?

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