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The farmer doesn’t apologize when the strawberries are in, right? Any girl who has seen Pride and Prejudice or read the Jane Austen novel knows that the much misunderstood Mr. Another author I know takes her fifth wheel to a campground and drafts her next novel in 1-2 weeks. Okay, ignore the insanity of that timeline and focus on the campground, where no one cares if you’re antisocial, as long as you silence your dog (my advice: don’t bring your dog); and everyone, not just the novelist, looks like they haven’t showered.Also, give yourself permission to take a break from the work: do something else entirely, something mundane, like fold the laundry. At heart, writing is not about expressing yourself (mucho bad writing has entered the blogosphere with that in mind); it’s about forgetting yourself.We are fully competent adults at getting things done in other areas of our lives (e.g., running errands, mowing the lawn, parenting, ministry), and yet writing is this BIG MYTHIC THING that paralyzes many of us.We assume that inspiration will strike, and that’s when we’ll write. As Anne Lamott says, it’s “a debt of honor” that either we keep by getting our butts in the chair, or we don’t. Your goal is to have at least two people ask you in the next few months “How is the writing going? No combination of words should have the power to bind you–not even your own words.While it does offer good ideas for encouraging a compatible, mature relationship, I found it to be a bit simplified and really religious.That doesn’t mean there is nothing of value in it, but you have to pick and choose which parts can help you and which ones can’t.

The reason I say the book is simplified is because the author gives tips on making the most of your relationship with family members that may be annoying and dysfunctional.

She doesn’t explore the reality that some families are *too* broken to fit with her advice.

Her point of view is very much that of a woman who grew up in an idyllic home.

A rare dispatch from the Writing Zone, where I’m still recovering from co-authoring book #11 and meanwhile leading seminars on, of all things, getting your writing done. ”) Here’s a summary from “Getting it Done,” which I presented at the inaugural Frederick Buechner Writers Workshop at Princeton Theological Seminary in June 2015, which I’ll recap for the Advanced Writers Course there this year, plus some fun new material.

It’s not too late to register for the conference, by the way.

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