The writing life is difficult but it doesn’t take a special person. If you have a good work ethic, a reasonable amount of talent, and are pretty driven, you can write a book.
We all want to write a book but most of us don’t even know where to start. Here is the five-draft method I use for writing my books: the junk draft, the structure draft, the first draft, the surgery draft, and the last draft.
Is more always better? It’s tempting to believe. It’s easy to get caught up in always striving to be more and achieve more, but when we’re constantly chasing after the next best thing, it becomes impossible to savor the moment.
This week on The Portfolio Life I have the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite writers: Shauna Niequist. Shauna and I talk about the life of a writer and the pull to do many things, as well as the discipline of soaking up every moment.
Writing is often thought of as a solitary activity; something that happens in isolation. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes creativity happens best when you collaborate.
This week on The Portfolio Life I have the privilege of interviewing Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth. Frank and Mary are both successful writers who have each written dozens of books. I’ve admired them both for a long time.
When people used to ask me how I became a full-time writer, I struggled to give an intelligent answer. How do you chase a dream? It’s complicated.