The truth about feedback

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when one hears the word “feedback,” one thinks “criticism.” The face twists in a cringe, and one wants nothing more than to run fast, run far and insert one’s head into a hole in the ground. Feedback is uncomfortable. Getting feedback on our work is one thing. That kind… Continue reading The truth about feedback

Staying social when writing is solitary

Writing itself is solitary. Even if we’re working in an office and surrounded by people, we typically tuck ourselves away, apply our headphones and scurry into our documents with the enthusiasm of a meerkat digging a new downstairs. Let the others collaborate; I have word magic to conjure. It’s not that we dislike people (generally… Continue reading Staying social when writing is solitary

5 keys to taking feedback like a badass

No one likes to work with someone who refuses to take feedback. We’ve all worked with people like that—someone who’s determined that he/she is right and that others are wrong and that the work produced is without flaw or need of improvement at all, whatsoever. Period. It’s not easy. There was a period of two… Continue reading 5 keys to taking feedback like a badass

Why I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo—again

Let me start by making something clear—in no way am I against National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) itself. As with any gargantuan goal, I see  value in it. Setting goals. Applying butt to chair and getting the job done. Pushing yourself to finish. Building your writing muscles. The feeling of accomplishment at just having the… Continue reading Why I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo—again

Flex your skills with 5-minute free writing

Once upon a time, in a faraway land called Houston, I was an art student. Then I became a graphic artist and web designer. I sketched, a lot. Now I’m a copywriter who works alongside graphic artists and web designers. And they sketch, a lot. During meetings, in brainstorming sessions, at their desks — their… Continue reading Flex your skills with 5-minute free writing