CRAFT TALK

Jami Attenberg
CRAFT TALK is a weekly newsletter about writing, creativity and productivity from author Jami Attenberg. This is also the home of #1000wordsofsummer, where, once a year, we write 1000 words a day together for two weeks straight. (This year: 5/31/21!)
Created 30 Jun 2019
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  • An Interruption of the Present
    27 Sep 20211 day ago • 3 min read • 13 1
    Hi friends. A friend called me the other day wanting to talk about writing. He had just finished the first draft of his first novel. He had a question, what might have seemed like a basic question at ...
  • Flicker of Urgency
    20 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 18 0
    Hi friends. There are two questions I ask myself repeatedly about my writing until I’m so far along in a project I don’t need to ask them anymore. They are: 1. Who are you writing this for? 2. What do...
  • The End of the Beginning
    14 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 25 2
    (Apologies if you’ve already received this, let’s try this again.) Hi friends. At the café this morning the new barista was working. He had started just before the storm, and this was the first time I...
  • The End of the Beginning
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 3
    Hi friends. At the café this morning the new barista was working. He had started just before the storm, and this was the first time I had seen him since. He complimented the person ahead of me in line...
  • Baked Goods
    06 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 33 14
    Hi friends. According to the outage map I’ve been refreshing diligently for days, the power still isn’t on in my home, but I’m hoping that will change by the morning. I would just love to be home, in ...
  • The Hurricane Symphony
    01 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 54 8
    Hi friends. Living through a hurricane has nothing to do with writing. I am very good at always thinking about writing but I did not think about it much during the last four days. Instead I thought ab...
  • Pepperoni
    22 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 25 0
    Hi friends. The last trip I took just before the pandemic was to Los Angeles. I didn’t visit for work, like I usually did. Instead I went to see friends, various people I liked who I wanted to get to ...
  • The State of Mid-August
    15 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 35 1
    Hi friends. Sometimes, as creative people, we feel like we are not doing enough. Before I go any further, let us take a moment to acknowledge those of us in this community who are doing more than enou...
  • Islands
    01 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 12 2
    Hi friends. First, some housekeeping: A reminder that the Mini 1000 starts one week from today, on August 8, and you can sign up here. I’ll be working on that next week so I won’t be able to write thi...
  • My Areas of Interest
    26 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 14 4
    Hi friends. I’m in an enjoyable state with my current project. I’m reading early in the mornings, around 6 AM, and I walk to a café down the road that has dog treats and good air conditioning. I like ...
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