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The 4 Speeds of Writerly Progress

Jul 04, 2022

By Christine Carron

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I was helping a client with a huge change management effort. The client was retiring one of their technology tools and needed a large number of their business customers to move their data out of the old tool and into the new...

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5 Principles of Smart Writerly-Work Design

Jun 27, 2022

By Christine Carron

A favorite book of mine is How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren. It was first published in 1940. The back cover copy describes the book as “the definitive guide to reading comprehension and retention for students of literature, scholars...

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On Doing “Those” Things

Jun 20, 2022

By Christine Carron

Once upon a time, a work friend invited me for a weekend visit at her parents’ house. We would arrive on Friday night and leave on Sunday. That same weekend, my friend’s younger brother was moving out of his college apartment that wasn’t far from the family...

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On How to Effectively Lead Your Writerly Adventure

Jun 13, 2022

By Christine Carron

It was one of the most unpleasant few moments of dancing Argentine tango that I ever experienced. I was in Buenos Aires for a month on a tango adventure and in a class at DNI Tango*, a beautiful tango school in the heart of the city. One of my favorite Argentine tango couples,...

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On the Joy of the Jam

Jun 06, 2022

By Christine Carron

I received the email one week after I took over a software development project that was way behind schedule and massively over budget. The email was from the CEO of another consulting firm. Two of his consultants—very senior, very talented developers—were staffed...

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On Planning Savviness

May 30, 2022

By Christine Carron

Your writing adventure is most likely not going to proceed in a straight line. There will be zigs, zags, challenging twists, and exciting turns. You may have already experienced this. Truth is, the whole adventure could end up feeling a little discombobulating. Unless you take...

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On Acceptance as Writerly Plan Rocket Fuel

May 23, 2022

By Christine Carron

A client hired me to reset a project that was months behind schedule and about one million dollars over budget. In the first week, I completed a high-level analysis of the remaining work, met with senior leadership and the delivery team to get a picture of the...

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On Plans, Purpose, and Writerly Progress

May 16, 2022

By Christine Carron

Toward the end of last year, I shared two facts about my reading habits. First, that in any given year I bought a ridiculous amount of books, many only to be later culled due to limited shelf space—culled often before I even read them. Second, that I started reading many...

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On Power Keeping Versus Power Leaking

May 09, 2022

By Christine Carron

I was teaching a class on how to receive critiques like a pro. I spent thirty minutes outlining the parts of ourselves that are at play when we receive feedback. In that mix, of course, is our inner power. That even as we open ourselves to feedback, we must stay connected to a...

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On Resistance and Connecting to Your Inner Advisors

May 02, 2022

By Christine Carron

We live in a culture that values doing, accomplishing, taking action. On the writerly adventure, leaning into that cultural norm is a good thing. You have to take action—a whole lot of action—as a writer, or your literary dreams will never amount to anything....

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