writing

Perfectionism is exhausting. It steals your time, your energy, your joy, your life.

You Aren't Lazy — You're Just Terrified: On Paralysis And Perfectionism

Expecting perfection only leaves you with two options: do everything right on the very first try, or don’t even bother. Which is actually only one Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   07.19.17   |   SHARE
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How Do Memoirists Survive Telling Their Hard Stories? 

"Writing about trauma or difficult experiences doesn’t repair that trauma,” said Melanie. “It doesn’t make it go away. But I kept hearing what a Read...
Alaina Leary    |   05.18.17   |   SHARE
"Talking about mental health is a big part of my job, but that doesn’t make my own mental illness any less personal."

Why I Won't Stop Writing About My Mental Illness

I didn't fall in love with John Green’s writing the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once. I fell in love with it the way you pass out Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   04.26.17   |   SHARE
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Your only audience is yourself, so there’s no need for a thesis or any particular coherence. (image via Flickr- Fredrik Rubensonn)

How Journaling Might Have Changed My Life

Keeping a journal has become an especially calming habit — one I plan to continue for the foreseeable future. Read...
Claire Warner    |   02.22.17   |   SHARE
Minds
It's pretty cool when you get your start with a blog called "Daddy Likey." (Image Credit: Winona Dimeo-Edgier)

#RavsWriters: Winona Dimeo-Ediger - From 'Daddy Likey' To National Geographic

Welcome to #RavsWriters, an opportunity for you to get to know some of the outstanding human beings who fervently Read...
Winona Dimeo-Ediger    |   02.15.17   |   SHARE
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My personal goal was always to help writers tap into bigger social and cultural issues through their work — not to peddle exploitative shock-factor trash.

Navigating The Ethics Of Editing Personal Essays 

The fact of the matter is that content mills are dangerous and personal essays are a different beast. And there’s a vast level of discrepancy between Read...
Lisa Marie Basile    |   12.6.16   |   SHARE
Voices

Take The Cake: My Fat Freelance Life — I Work Where I Want

I do conference calls from wherever I am at the moment. I answer work emails on the train, while I’m waiting in line for tacos, and (for better or Read...
Virgie Tovar    |   09.1.16   |   SHARE
Bodies
"Having a partner does offer a certain amount of comfort and validation, but doing the intense external work around body acceptance has been less pressing for me in that context." Image: Thinkstock

Is It Easier To Be Fat And Proud When You're In A Relationship?

In 2007, Kate Harding wrote, "I’ve noticed that a lot of the people I see writing confidently and persuasively about body acceptance are married or Read...
Allison McCarthy    |   08.15.16   |   SHARE
BodiesSex + Love