Emergency Coffee for 7.2021

2021 is now halfway over. I don't have anything to add to that. It just sounded like the thing to say.


Against Mythologizing the Practice of Writing – Amber Sparks reminds us to stop romanticizing the craft.

Is Your Idea Better Suited to a Novel or a Short Story? – It's often hard to tell, but sometimes writing the story as a short story is a good start for a novel.

Is it OK to write fiction now without mentioning the pandemic? – Of course it is.

Shitty First Drafts – Anne Lamott makes the point your first draft will probably suck and require a lot of work to shine. Embrace it. SIDE NOTE: I recently read Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott's book on writing, and encourage you to check it out if you haven't done so already.

You Don't Need to Feel Guilty about Books you Haven't Read Yet – You know the saying: So many books, so little time. On top of that, I'm a slow reader. And perhaps most importantly, we should be reading for ourselves, not to impress others.


The Curse of Knowledge – The curse of knowledge can make it difficult for writers to communicate new ideas to readers. Remember that your readers don't know everything bouncing around in your head.

The Last Printing Press – From The Study: Watch this short film about a little shop in California that makes books the way they did at the turn of the century.


Knowing when to quit – If you decide to stop writing, remember that there is no boss to report to. You just stop doing it. And if you change your mind later and come back, that's cool too.