Who We Are

    Hey you, welcome!

    Do you like writing?

    Maybe you do, but I bet there are also times when you feel frustrated because you want to write better.

    Am I right?

    Mary Jaksch
    I’m Mary Jaksch, the Chief Editor of Write to Done. The key thing I’ve discovered is that everyone can learn to write well. It’s not a question of genetics, it’s all about practice.

    We’ve all heard that ‘practice makes better.’ But that’s not necessarily true.

    Let me give you an example. If you want to become a top tennis player and you practice sending the ball into the net hour after hour and day after day – this kind of practice is not going to get you a win in the next tournament. Because. Well, because you’ll be sending the balls into the net each time you serve, instead of landing them in the court of your opponent.

    The point?

    The point is that your writing practice needs to be directed in a positive way. That’s why we’ve created WTD so that you can learn new skills, practice them, and become a better writer.

    Write to Done is about learning to write better. 

    Whether you write non-fiction, novels, blog posts, or sales pages – you will find inspiration and tips here at Write to Done.

    Here’s the experience I bring to WTD:

    • I’m a published author. My book Learn to Love has been translated into 7 languages.
    • My Ebook Start Over: Create the Life YOU Want has been downloaded over 77,000 times. You can download the first (30 page) chapter for free here.
    • In my Master’s dissertation on koan study in Zen, The Road to Nowhere, I show that even academic writing can come to life with my ‘juicy writing’ techniques.
    • Under my watch, WritetoDone.com has become one of the most powerful blogs for writers on the Net.
    • And my other blog, Goodlife Zen, has become a popular destination for people interested in personal growth and spirituality.
    • Sharing my strategies for online success, I’ve trained over 4,300 bloggers over at A-List Blogging.

    As to my offline activities, I’m often called a serial achiever

    I started my professional life as a classical flutist – becoming a renowned soloist –  and then retrained as a psychotherapist to be of service to others. 

    After over 25 years of Zen training, I was made an authorized Zen Master and now teach students all around the world. 

    But if you think I just sit behind a desk, you’d be dead wrong. 

    I’ve had a long involvement in karate and am a 5th Degree karate Blackbelt in active training.

    Finally, I love traveling, mountain biking and dancing Argentine tango in skimpy dresses. 

    Questions? Please contact me here.

    Oh, and do please share WTD posts on social media!

    Editor: Laura Tong

    Laura Tong

    Laura Tong’s writing regularly features on such top blogs as Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and Goodlife ZEN. Her articles have been read and shared by thousands (and even translated into Serbian and Burmese). Hundreds of students have taken her course on building confidence.

    She’s a published author (traditional and indie) and has written books as diverse as luxury travel, surreal fiction, autobiographical and personal development. You can get her latest book here: The Life-Changing Power of NO!

    Laura is also Assistant Editor at GoodlifeZEN and runs her own blog at PositivelyHappy.Me. You can listen to her popular interview series Re-write The Rules here.

    Laura’s other passions include painting, renovating her house in France and building everything from Ozark float boats to hovercraft. She also loves travelling, adventuring and discovering just how awesome people are the world over. Follow Laura on twitter


    Write to Done was originally the brainchild of Leo Babauta of  Zen Habits who founded it in January 2008.