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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  • Should I Quit My Job to Focus on My Writing?
    18 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 17 4
    Hi friends. I like to watch conversations between creative people who are not writers to see what translates across artistic mediums in terms of process and concerns. (Are all we this weird and compli...
  • Three Months and Counting
    11 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 24 2
    Hi friends. I’m three months out from publishing my book as of today. The last time I published a book was fall 2019 when things were still the way they were, and I just hit the road for a few months ...
  • An Interruption of the Present
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 19 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 • 21 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 • 26 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...
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