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Lessons from my son

My 14-year-old son—I call him Taz online—is learning to ride a unicycle. Yes, really. After a few weekends of practice, he’s already pretty good at it. I’ve spent his whole life trying to teach him what I think he needs to know before he leaves home in just a few years—sniff, sniff—but I think there

Silence!

How do you muzzle your inner critic? You know, the big sister of the internal editor that sits on your shoulder when you write? The one who tells you you’re not good enough, smart enough, deserving enough to achieve your dream. She tells you what you write is worthless, wonders why you’re wasting your time,

Promises, promises

The most devastating promises we can break are those we make to ourselves. “Oh, I didn’t write today, but I promise I’ll spend two hours writing in the morning.” And then morning comes and I get distracted by emails that could be dealt with later, or I sleep too late, or I decide to get

Treading water

I love to read my favorite authors, but it’s a double-edged sword. I alternate between being inspired by their greatness, and wallowing in the certainty that I’ll never be as good as any of them. The only way to get through this is to remind myself that each of those great writers started out as