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What Snarky Oscar-Season Reviews Can Teach a Writer by Andromeda Romano-Lax

I’m picky about war novels and movies (don’t even get me started about sentimental or manipulative Holocaust stories). But when I watched All Quiet on the Western Front last week, I was emotionally moved and intellectually gratified. After the final credits rolled, I wasn’t ready to let the movie go—which is exactly what director Edward …

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Resolve: To Master Your Own Best Writing Practices by Andromeda Romano-Lax

If you’re like me, you’ve had an inbox stuffed in recent days by newsletters about people’s resolutions or theme words for the year, and following that, by a storm tide of articles claiming that resolutions are nonsense. Trust me, this post will not be (only) about writing resolutions. But first, can I vent some mild, …

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Wheels on Ice Combines Alaska Cycling History and Adventure: An Interview with Editor Jessica Cherry by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Alaska has a new anthology to enjoy this winter: Wheels on Ice, edited by Jessica Cherry and the late Frank Soos. The story behind this publication is bittersweet, given that Soos, a former Alaska Writer Laureate, long-time teacher and 49 Writers board member, died in a solo cycling accident before the book could be completed. …

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Training Our Brains to Value Effort—A Scientific Postscript for Writers by Andromeda Romano-Lax

This week I had a phone meeting about a writing project that has extremely long odds. The meeting itself was a blast. After the call ended, I kept checking in with my feelings, trying to imagine the disappointment I’d feel if the project fizzled. But no matter how I pressed and pinched, seeking anticipatory emotional …

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Recovering Momentum: Remembering to “Touch” Your Work When Life Happens by Andromeda Romano-Lax

This week, I completed a 9-day DIY at-home writing retreat. My husband was out of town visiting a hospitalized family member, which gave me lots of time and space for the kind of purposefully unbalanced work marathon I’ve always needed, a few times per book.  I didn’t talk to myself out loud, but I did …

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The Missing Piece: From Near Failure, Great Stories Emerge by Andromeda Romano-Lax

The authors I admire the most take the biggest risks. They aren’t fearless. They experience fear and they head into the unknown anyway, feeling their way in the dark. When Michael Cunningham began writing The Hours, which started out as a contemporary retelling of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, he knew all the ways it could …

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Endurance and Mindfulness: In Writing as in Sport, Focus on the Small Steps by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Photo Caption: One of the hardest parts of the 70.3 triathlon: transitioning into the half-marathon, following the bike, with over two hours to go and legs made of lead. The trick: stay in the moment, even if the moment hurts. Last week I competed in my first 70.3 Ironman, an eight-hour triathlon. I was one …

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