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Jordan Ecarma
writing life + refilling the creative well
Created 04 Jul 2020
  • The right writing book
    11 Nov 2021
    In last month’s newsletter about creating stories, I talked about my outlining process to write a fictional story. Today, in honor of National Novel Writing Month, we’re talking about three key tools ...
  • My Reading List: Mermaids
    01 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Credit: Image by Leandro De Carvalho from Pixabay What is a book pairing? Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved for the books I’m reading to complement one another in some way. As a very young reader,...
  • The perfect reading month
    28 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    I’ve written a lot about how I love to take my creative life and reading life a month at a time. One month gives me the right amount of time to explore a new project or read books on a similar theme w...
  • Outlining is daydreaming on paper
    14 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    Credit: Square Enix/Final Fantasy XIV/W’s many hours of gameplay to get the hero to this point The hero's journey. Save the cat. Pantsing vs. Plotting. Themes. Beats. In today’s newsletter about creat...
  • My Reading List: Books about books
    01 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    The list of books I plan/hope to read each month feels like insider information. First of all, if you know that I plan my reading life this much … you already know just a little too much about me. My ...
  • First of all, thank you
    23 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    If you’re new, hi hello, thank you for being here. If you’re one of the seven people who followed this newsletter from the very beginning, thank you. And to anyone in between – thank you. I can’t desc...
  • What’s in your “creative vault”?
    05 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    Jenna Fischer, best known as Pam on The Office, calls the downtime that happens before success an unexpected gift. That open space gives you time to complete projects. Each project, whether or not it ...
  • Justice for Bunheads
    15 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I’ve been watching Bunheads (streaming on Hulu) for the first time. It’s a sweet, quirky show that was canceled after one season. I’m enjoying watching it slowly, even though it’s bittersweet to start...
  • The only writing advice that EVERYONE needs to hear
    01 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    Write what you want to write before you write it. Sometimes I feel as if I’ve read all the books on writing, listened to all the podcasts, read all the newsletters and blog posts, seen every tweet thr...
  • What you need for (a creative) summer
    17 Jun 2021 • 5 min read
    Whenever a new “What lives in your mind rent-free?” tweet makes the rounds, I know my answer. Kristen Arnett @Kristen_Arnett what’s a throwaway line from a tv show you love and think about all the tim...
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