How to create a writing process that works for you

For most of four decades now, I have been talking about writing with Don and Jason Fry. Don, who directed my graduate work at Stony Brook University, has become one of the world’s most respected and well-traveled writing coaches.

His son, Jason, has established himself as a versatile digital age writer, first as an editor of the Wall Street Journal Online, then as a sports and technology blogger, and now as a key player in Poynter’s Review Project with ESPN.

I have learned so much about writing from these two men — father and son — that I thought it only right and fitting that I share them with you in today’s chat.

At the heart of the conversation will be Don’s new book, “Writing Your Way: Creating a Writing Process That Works For You.” This is an important work that, I predict, will guide journalists and other writers for years to come. At its core, the key distinction is between THE writing process and YOUR writing process. While we can learn from other writers and editors, the result must be a process that serves us and our peculiar readers.

Every time I chat with Don about my writing, I come away with some important insight: a step avoided, a way of understanding language, a key distinction. In this week’s writing chat, we talked with Don and Jason about the writing process and answer related questions from the audience.

You can replay the chat here …

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    liked the way Don Fry organizes his writing process – very informative. Am surprised that he claims he can type only 4 words in a minute!