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Why Comparing Yourself With Others (Usually) Isn't Helpful

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By Hillary Rettig


Perfectionists LOVE comparisons. They'll compare themselves to any writer, living or dead.

Or any nonwriter, for that matter.

So, it's an endless stream of: Why don't I write as much as X? Why am I not as original as Y? Why don't I sell as many books as Z?

Also, why aren't I as rich as my sibling? Or, why don't I have a house as nice as my cousin's?

March 3, 2016 | Hillary Rettig

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Hanging on the Telephone

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By Katrin Schumann

I'm in the phonebooth, it's the one across the hall

If you don't answer I'll just ring it off the wall

We all know what it feels like to be waiting for someone to get back to us. We've put ourselves out there, and now we're dying to hear what they think. Over Thanksgiving, I advised my 20-year-old daughter to take the leap and contact a boy she likes rather than waiting around for him to reach out to her

December 3, 2015 | Katrin Schumann

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The Feeling

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You know the feeling, that feeling of a tickle or a whisper, or even less a faint presence of something in the back of your mind. Well, strictly not the back of your mind, but more the upper right- or upper left-hand corner. It just hovers there like some faint star you can’t see unless you look away from it. And even if you do look away, it’s hard to really perceive what it is.

March 25, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

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Tips Writers Can Learn From Sports

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It's the start of a new year and everybody is going to the gym. If you're a writer, you might look at all this athletic activity and think it has nothing to do with you. Or you might conclude that going to the gym is a necessary evil. But in fact, writers have a lot to gain from the world of sports. Rather than see physical and creative activity as incompatible, writers can borrow valuable tools from sports to help them be more productive

January 28, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

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A Writer Toys with Creating an Online "Brand"

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Jane Friedman is in so much trouble. In a recent post, she introduced me to Canva, a design tool. Thanks, Jane. There goes my productivity.

When it comes to work, I am single task and detail oriented to the extreme. When I worked for NPR way back when, I loved splicing actual tape together for broadcasts using an exacto knife

January 1, 2015 | Katrin Schumann

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