A Conversation about Finishing Things

The hardest part of most things is the starting. Once you’ve begun, the momentum of overcoming the initial immobilizing friction is enough to carry you along. This is what I’ve found when writing. Lists are easy. My mind is an ocean of skeletal thoughts, half-developed, half-understood. But to begin to put flesh on those bones, […]

Three Thoughts about Editing Your Writing

Sir, Yes Sir! When I was in eighth grade, I had a drill sergeant for an English teacher. She took a rag-tag group of grammatically-ignorant thirteen-year-olds and whipped us into a lean, mean, sentence-graphing machine. Or at least I think that was her intention. In reality, I don’t know how effective she was. Because I […]