Displaying all articles tagged:


  1. science of us
    Why Does Writing Suck?The highs of a writer’s life are high, and the lows are very, very low.
  2. woah
    The Petty Writing Mistake That Drives Me NutsFor no good reason, and I know I’m wrong to care, but I do, and so I looked for company.
  3. ask polly
    ‘I Can’t Stop Comparing Myself to More Successful Writers!’You need to stop seeing the world through the lens of your fears.
  4. ask polly
    Ask Polly: ‘Should I Quit My Day Job to Write a Book?’It’s harder to finish creative work when you view it as a means to an end.
  5. motherhood
    When Writers Become MothersAnd how my own mother helped me become both.
  6. science of us
    You Should Probably Do Your Writing in the MorningHow to schedule your work according to your attention span.
  7. science of us
    9 Writers on the Most Outrageous Ways They’ve ProcrastinatedA few even left the country.
  8. science of us
    Just Write 500 WordsIt’s simple.
  9. literature
    What I Learned After Lorin Stein Published My StoryA lesson in power, sex, and fiction.
  10. ask polly
    Ask Polly: ‘I’m Staring Into the Void!’You’re absurdly sensitive and very afraid of the real world.
  11. obituaries
    Second-Wave-Feminist Writer and Activist Kate Millett Dead at 82Andrea Dworkin called her 1970 book, Sexual Politics, “the alpha and omega of the women’s movement.”
  12. Dying May Not Be As Frightening As We Imagine It Will BeA new study analyzed poems and blog posts written by people who were nearing death.
  13. unsolicited advice
    How to Get Fresh Perspective on a Project You’re Sick OfWhat is the creative equivalent of sniffing coffee beans at a perfume shop?
  14. advice
    Ask Polly: How Do I Escape My Professional Envy?Remember that the targets for your jealousy are irrelevant.
  15. Writing a Memoir Is a Strange Psychological Trip Through Your PastInsights from people who study autobiographical memory, and people who’ve written autobiographies.
  16. unsolicited advice
    Writer’s Block Is Real, But Don’t Tell Yourself That“People can overthink themselves into deep dark corners, and writer’s block is a good example.”
  17. You Can Write Your Way Out of an Emotional Funk. Here’s How.It takes 20 minutes.
  18. Free Advice: Use the Very First Hour of Your Day for Creative WorkDo it for the smugness.
  19. writing
    Lindsay Lohan Is Writing a Book About ‘How to Overcome Obstacles’“I hope that my words will connect with those who need some guidance when [or] if they are in a tough place.”
  20. first person
    The Patronizing Questions We Ask Women Who Write “What does your kid think?” “Are you going to regret this?” “Does your mom know?”
  21. advice
    Ask Polly: Should I Just Give Up on My Writing?Writing can’t be a popularity contest, and popularity doesn’t add up to much anyway.
  22. advice
    Ask Polly: Why Is My Ex’s Happiness Making Me So Sad?You’re human. That’s fine.
  23. self care
    Why You Should Write a Letter to Yourself TonightThe profound power of opening up through writing.
  24. writing
    Steven Pinker on Why It’s Okay to Dangle Your ParticipleIn a new book about how to write clearly, the Harvard cognitive scientist has some harsh words for the “gotcha squad’s” enforcement of bogus language rules.
  25. ask google
    How Can I Be a Better Fashion Intern? Ask GooglePlus advice on sex with underlings.