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How to Avoid Being Accidentally Ableist in Your Writing

Content note: I will be mentioning some ableist words, for educational purposes. Because I am a sensitivity editor for ableist terms and themes, I often get asked this question from writers who want to avoid ableism (without nuance) in their work: How can I stop using ableist phrases? Let me begin by saying that I, …

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Writing groups should be supportive, not a bunch of soul-crunching bullies.

Earlier this month, I saw this tweet from author Heather Carlson: https://twitter.com/Hezzah/status/1229071090821009411 My response was: https://twitter.com/CaitGAuthor/status/1229578290869886978 I've written before about gatekeepers who push the everyone-must rules. You know, like the infamous tripe, "You must write every day." Not only are those types of statements just plain wrong, they are also classist, ableist, and a whole …

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What To Do When You’re Not Writing Enough

First, ask yourself: What the heck does enough even mean? In my opinion, a dangerous game to play is the comparison game. Before anything else, I recommend the following self-check: Am I forcing myself to fit someone else's writing routine?Am I putting unrealistic expectations on myself?Am I being influenced by "bullies" who tell me to drop …

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When to Listen to and When to Ignore Writing Advice

I wrote a thing about a thing on author Louise Allan's Writers in the Attic! This is a topic that means a lot to me as a writer, and I'm so glad Louise let me share my thoughts on this forum, which also has other great authors! (Including my homie, Robin Elizabeth!) by Louise Allan |May 29, 2017 …

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