Sign Up for a Local (zoom/online counts too!!) Writing Workshop or Class

My last job (pre-covid)  had an education benefit. Each new school session, they paid for a class up to a certain amount. The only caveat was that the instructor had to let them know that we participated and completed the requirements. The last education benefit I partook in was for a class at the AtticContinue reading “Sign Up for a Local (zoom/online counts too!!) Writing Workshop or Class”

Create a Simple but Pleasurable Writing Routine: On Time

I think finding your perfect writing time is at the crosspoint of convenience and inspiration. I have been a morning person and a night person at various times. It usually depends on my job hours, although in high school I was up all night, every night. The older I get the more scheduled I am.Continue reading “Create a Simple but Pleasurable Writing Routine: On Time”

Create a Simple but Pleasurable Writing Ritual

Maybe you write with a cup of coffee or tea. Maybe you write with a special candle lit nearby, or wearing a specific outfit. Maybe you write at the same time each day. Maybe after a walk, or a swim. Maybe your writing ritual is nonexistent because your writing is inconsistent, or simply because youContinue reading “Create a Simple but Pleasurable Writing Ritual”

Writing is… Magic

Lidia Yuknavitch says your life is a zeitgeist and your body is an experience collector. She reminds us that we have stories inside of us. Wasn’t Emily Dickinson a recluse? Viriginia Cleo Andrews was disabled and confined to her home. How many writers holed up at home and drank themselves to death, but not beforeContinue reading “Writing is… Magic”

When I tell my story, I am reframing the narratives that have held me back so that I may move forward

In memoir, we can reframe the narratives of our life. Writing heals. It can be just for you, or to share with the world. But by writing about your life, you can begin to forgive, to heal, and to move forward. Keeping a daily journal can help you to reflect on your life and seeContinue reading “When I tell my story, I am reframing the narratives that have held me back so that I may move forward”

If You Take Away My Creativity I Am Still a Whole Person

It’s easy to get caught up in our own narrative. Our language and culture (I’m American) teaches us to say, “I am a writer,” rather than “I write,” or “I like to write.” This puts a lot of pressure on our writing and ourselves. The truth is you are a whole person with or withoutContinue reading “If You Take Away My Creativity I Am Still a Whole Person”

I Love to Write and Writing Loves Me

This is cheesy. Embarrassingly so. But after studying Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, and manifestation and the law of attraction, I have to tell you…. I am not always the best at being positive BUT there is a reason that we have to be positive sometimes. You cannot walk to yourContinue reading “I Love to Write and Writing Loves Me”

Allow Yourself to Let Go of What it’s Supposed to be and Allow it to be What it Is

In your brain, it’s like a movie. Your characters are 5d. Your settings are magnificent. The dialogue is witty and bright and cinematic. On the page it’s more like garbage. The characters are inauthentic, their words are flat. You know what the room they stand in looks like, but you have a feeling your readersContinue reading “Allow Yourself to Let Go of What it’s Supposed to be and Allow it to be What it Is”

Write About the Person or Thing Your Mind Drifts to When You’re Supposed to be Writing

It’s happened to all of us. We’re sitting down to write. We have our coffee/tea and our outlines and our pens and computers and all the ideas are bubbling in our bellies and suddenly, the thoughts start to creep in. I have to clean the house. I have to make a doctor appointment. I haveContinue reading “Write About the Person or Thing Your Mind Drifts to When You’re Supposed to be Writing”

What Are You Willing to Sacrifice for Your Art?

Something I found out recently is that agents typically have to work an additionally full time job in order to afford being an agent. Since most agents don’t get paid unless a book they rep sells, their income is as sporadic as a “full time” writer’s. Most of us know that if you are aContinue reading “What Are You Willing to Sacrifice for Your Art?”