Day 9: How has a moment of human connection moved your project forward?

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  • The arc of progress in a writing project can often be charted by plotting out those moments when the writer has encountered other human beings — whether strangers or friends, in interactions brief or prolonged, occurring through chance or planning — and has received new information or perspectives that propelled the project forward by sparking important insights.

  • Although writing is often thought of as a solitary process, it is inherently communal and social. Even if we wrote our entire manuscripts in complete solitude, we are writing with our readers in mind. They are the ones our books and articles are for.

  • This reflection question is an opportunity to reflect on one of those moments of human connection that, for you, brought clarity on what you were writing or how to realize your vision for the project. You can reflect on the moment itself, on the insight it yielded, or both.

Posted on November 8, 2018 .