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Blog in Progress: First Month – First Forty Pages

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“For last year's words belong to last year's language 
And next year's words await another voice.” 
\u2015 T.S. Eliot




A new year is almost upon us, and while January offers no organized writing challenges – nothing like November’s NaNoWriMo, or my BoNoProMo challenge in May – I think the start of the new year is an even better time to re-commit to long form writing, whether you’re working on a novel, a memoir, narrative nonfiction or a poetry collection.


As such, I’m creating a January challenge called First Month ...

December 23, 2014 | Lisa Borders

Blog in Progress Craft Advice Different ways to learn to be a better writer

Blog in Progress: An Open Letter to Lena Dunham, From the Literary World

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 Dear Lena Dunham,


This is the literary world calling. We have issues with you. And we’re not shy about posting them online.


Your memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, was published this week. You received a $3.7 million dollar advance. Although we haven’t read your book yet, we feel pretty certain that it wasn’t worth $3.7 million

October 3, 2014 | Lisa Borders

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Blog in Progress: Time Management for Writers and Freelancers

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 “How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

 – Dr. Seuss

 Most creative writers support themselves by either teaching or freelance work – technical writing, advertising copy, journalism

July 22, 2014 | Lisa Borders

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The Pleasure of the Well-Worn Groove

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It’s important for writers – for artists of all sorts – to expose ourselves to the new. We should be reading the latest novel that has everyone buzzing; check out that hot, well-reviewed HBO series; go to see the latest band or art installation that has all the critics purring. I recognize this need, and I also recognize that my free time – indeed, my time on this earth – is finite.

June 25, 2014 | Lisa Borders

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Introducing BoNoProMo

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In last month’s Blog in Progress column, I suggested that we writers should be less hard on ourselves, and recognize that sometimes, life events make it impossible to get our writing done. I talked about creating writing schedules tailored to the individual writer – not to the standard advice many of us have been taught – and advised that rather than beating ourselves up for not getting work done one week, we should try to figure out what got in the way, and avoid that pitfall for the next writing session.

April 23, 2014 | Lisa Borders

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