Stephanie Duncan Smith
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Created 09 Sep 2020
  • SLANT LETTER: How to Craft a Stellar Introduction
    20 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 9 2
    You’re reading SLANT LETTER, a newsletter for writers looking to deepen their craft + practice soul care for the creative life. Subscribe to get it straight from this editor’s desk to your inbox, plus...
  • SLANT LETTER: How Do You Know When Your Work Is Ready?
    26 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 10 5
    When my daughter was born this past December, I read about women who deeply missed the presence of being pregnant after giving birth. This wasn’t me necessarily, but I understood it. Nine months a mys...
  • SLANT LETTER: Your Work Is Worthy
    24 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 18 2
    Some years ago I was leading a writing workshop and we were talking about how our environment influences our work, when one man told a story I won’t forget. His writing desk was in the basement, so ev...
  • SLANT LETTER: Respect Your Reader
    07 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 12 8
    I think it was the year I reached double digits, when my bangs were stringy and my freckles were in full force and I didn’t care about any of these things. It was the safe zone before the tribulations...
  • SLANT LETTER: Permission to Get Scrappy
    26 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 14 7
    Good morning! How about a love letter for your weekend? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been an interested observer of the language that has been formed in our pandemic era. At first, everything was ...
  • SLANT LETTER: Breaking the Rules in Style
    10 Sep 2020 • 4 min read • 5 0
    Some big news to begin! Slant Letter has moved! This letter will be showing up in your inbox as always, free to you just as before, but now sent out via Substack. Considering post by owls in the futur...
  • SLANT LETTER: Writing as a Practice of Resilience
    01 Apr 2020 • 3 min read • 3 0
    Writing as a Practice of Resilience Every single month when the calendar icon on my phone resets to Day 1, it comes as a small shock (Just me? Or you too?). It feels like I’m never quite prepared for ...
  • SLANT LETTER: The Power of Reflective vs. Reactive Writing
    14 Dec 2019 • 3 min read • 4 0
    The Power of Reflective Writing in a Fast Words Culture I’m sure you’ve noticed it, too. Much like fast food or fast fashion, ours is a culture of fast words. With unlimited world knowledge accessible...
  • SLANT LETTER: The Life-Changing Magic of Going Plural
    03 Jul 2019 • 3 min read
    The Life-Changing Magic of Going Plural Marie Kondo has gotten our number because she understands: change ONE essential thing, and our lives entire will benefit. She understands it’s all connected. If...
  • SLANT LETTER: Let's Talk About Trusting the Process
    21 Feb 2019 • 4 min read • 2 0
    “Trust the process.” It’s my constant call to authors in the thick of it. These three words, I’ve found, can hold a wealth of encouragement when writers need it most. Because writing is nothing if not...
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