It doesn’t matter how you begin your writing day. What’s important is that you get started in a way that works for you.

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It is important to have a way worked out to begin your writing; otherwise, washing the dishes becomes the most important thing on Earth — anything that will divert you from writing. Finally, one just has to shut up, sit down, and write.

Getting started in your writing can often be the hardest part.

It’s so much fun to dream about what we’re going to write for the day. You wake up and lay in bed dreaming about that new story you’re going to cook up at your writing desk, or the next chapter in that…


A good list allows you to always know what to write about when you get to work.

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Making a list is good. It makes you start noticing material for writing in your daily life, and your writing comes out of a relationship with your life and its texture. […] [The list] helps to activate your writing quickly and cut through resistance. Naturally, once you begin writing you might be surprised where your mind takes the topic. That’s good. You are not trying to control your writing. You are stepping out of the way.

One of the scariest things for a writer is the blank page.

It doesn’t matter how experienced you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re starting your…


If you want to find success in your writing, here’s why it’s so important to write at least a little bit every day.

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This is the practice school of writing. Like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Some days you don’t want to run and you resist every step of the three miles, but you do it anyway. […] That’s how writing is, too. Once you’re deep into it, you wonder what took you so long to finally settle down at the desk.

I’ve always thought of my daily writing routine the same way I think about exercise.

Most days I don’t want to exercise. I don’t want to go for that long run around the neighborhood, and…


Kindle Vella is launching on Amazon later this month, and I for one am excited to give it a try!

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Amazon is launching Kindle Vella next week, and I’m ready!

For months I thought the only novel of mine I was going to self-publish this summer was Magic Hour, now available in ebook and paperback format on Amazon. That was always the plan, and then I thought maybe in 2022 I could publisher another of my older manuscripts I’m ready to put out into the world.


It’s so important when you’re writing the first draft of something to leave your inner editor behind.

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First thoughts have tremendous energy. It is the way the mind first flashes on something. The internal censor usually squelches them, so we live in the realm of second and third thoughts, thoughts on thought, twice and three times removed from the direct connection of the first fresh flash.

The first draft of any kind of writing is hard.

Staring at that intimidating blank page leaves lots of writers wanting to do literally anything else — including this guy right here.


There’s no one way to publish your book. Here’s why you should try different ways to get your work out there.

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The truth is simple: you have to think outside the box as a writer.

You can’t just write one kind of thing for one kind of publication. You can’t work on one particular manuscript year after year with no interest in starting something new. You can’t put all of your eggs in one basket, as they say.


I just finished my first full-time year as a teacher during COVID! These were by far the hardest parts of the job.

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I just completed quite the memorable year of teaching!

It was memorable because it was my first year ever as a full-time public school teacher. Before August 2020, my only experience in public schools was as a substitute teacher, so be the teacher of record for more than 100 middle school students day in and day out for ten months was something brand new for me!



You can work on a novel over and over to your heart’s content, but at some point, it’s time to say good-bye.

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Yes, it can be hard to say good-bye.

When you work on a new writing project, it can be fun to get entirely swept up in it and never want to reach the end. Writing a first draft of a long project is challenging and exhausting, but it’s also pure bliss, especially on those amazing days where the writing comes together and you’re firing on all cylinders.


The most successful method is simpler than you think.

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The quality of your guests makes a big difference as a podcaster.

Especially when you’re a solo podcast like me who relies on guests to help make your show what it is.

Brian Rowe

Author / Teacher / MFA in Fiction. (brian_rowe@me.com)

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