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Beware Rabbit Holes: Managing Bad Distractions and Good Temptations by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Tell me, what is it you plan to do / With your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver    Today I want to talk about rabbit holes, both good and bad. Last month, I fell down a bad rabbit hole after reading about a forthcoming book and becoming interested in its author. Long story […]

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The Top Reason for Novel Rejections by Andromeda Romano-Lax

In twenty years of submitting novels for publication, I’ve never received an email from an agent or editor saying, “I can’t take this manuscript, the setting wasn’t clear enough.” Or “…the descriptions weren’t vivid enough.” Or “…I wasn’t dazzled by your use of metaphor or simile.” All of those elements are important, and I do

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Here We Go Again: Getting On Top of Time, 2024 Groundhog Day Edition by Andromeda Romano-Lax

What’s your favorite Groundhog Day phrase—the thing you repeat ad nauseum as if expecting life to change when it won’t? Mine is: “Where did the day go?” Or maybe: “I got two-thirds of my goals accomplished today.” But I’d be even more lost if I didn’t track my writing and reading time, something I’ve talked

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A Writer’s Happiness: Perspective Shifts In Search of Writerly Happiness by Andromeda Romano-Lax

With the New Year underway, you may be charging ahead with vigor or smelling the first smoky whiffs of resolution burnout. Either way, you may find yourself wondering, “Enough with all the lists and goals. Can’t I just be happy?” Chasing happiness is usually a futile endeavor, experts tend to agree, especially when one is

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Going Big: Audacious Goals and Important Writing Lessons from the Ironman by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Many of us have goals that feel so big, they’re almost shame-inducing. Why should a goal cause us shame? Maybe because we don’t want to admit our desires, especially if attainment seems unlikely. Maybe because we know that to achieve a big goal would be expensive or demand a lot of time away from our

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A Hard Week with Lots of Reasons for Not Writing (Spoiler: I’m going to challenge you to write anyway) by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Today, I gave in. I admitted that this simply wasn’t going to be a very productive week for many reasons: Worry about the war in Gaza/Israel. I was good at not reading news first thing in the morning for a while, but now, with the moment of a ground offensive upon us, I keep looking

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Suspense, Regardless of Genre: Tips for Reading and Writing by Andromeda Romano-Lax

“On the path ahead, stepping out from behind a boulder, a man appears.” So begins Maggie O’Farrell’s I Am, I Am, I Am. In the next two sentences, we get some precise description, enough to start creating a world and convince us to inhabit it. And then, we get a look at the man again.

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Stacking Isn’t Juggling: Advice on How and When to Stack Your Writing Projects by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Sometimes we just need the right word or phrase in order to bring a problem and its solution into focus. For me last month, that phrase was “Project Stacking.” I came across it in a newsletter by a comedy writer named Caitlin Kunkel, who learned it in grad school, in a program focused on writing

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