Why Write? The Point of Persistence

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence, Writing for Joy, Writing. Practice.

This week my author copies of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence arrived in the mail and with them, that surreal bewilderment of time having sped up so fast that it felt as though I had jumped into the future in a blink. Wasn’t I just dreaming up the idea as a series of journal entries and blog posts meant to cheer myself out of a funk? Hadn’t I just gotten the news from Writer’s Digest Books that they would buy this idea borne out of hope and joy? Wasn’t I just plunking out the first draft, knuckling through the revision? Yes. Yes. And yes. This book’s birth has felt so fast, and frankly so easy because I undertook the whole process with little pressure on myself … Read More

JordanWhy Write? The Point of Persistence

Writing for the Long Haul

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence

“I don’t teach writing. I teach patience. Toughness. Stubbornness. The willingness to fail. I teach the life…” Richard Bausch Many of you know by now that I’m working on a book called A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: A Toolkit to Build & Bolster a Lasting Writing Practice (Writer’s Digest Books, 2015). Many of the posts on this blog over the next year between the writing and release of the book will be on subjects related to building and sustaining a writing practice. I prefer that phrase “writing practice” to any other describing the career of a writer.  For one thing, “career” seems to link hands specifically with money; you learn pretty quickly, if you’re in the writing for the money, … Read More

JordanWriting for the Long Haul