Everyday Poem #15a

I woke up at five am only to journal and walk and coffee and journal again (the second time with John Mayer) writing two things: one poem about broken promises that needs a rewrite for a happier ending (my heart and my readers agree) one ridiculously rough pre-first draft of a humorous epistolic-essay-love letter (it …

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On Comparison

Comparison kills creativity. Transmuting, or taking energy in one form (in this case, the negative energy of comparison), and changing it into a more meaningful energy, is a key to working through these thoughts that have the power to paralyze you into inertia. Instead of dropping into the negative spiral of energy you normally use …

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Pens over Pixels: 5 Articles on the Value of Writing Longhand

As a followup to our first lesson on writing Friday, (Time to Write! Let's Get Tactile) , I've curated a collection of five articles that investigate the paper & pencil vs. keyboard and screen conundrum. Mostly for your reading pleasure, as I geek out on such debates--remember, the ultimate choice is yours and how it …

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On Writing During a Crisis

Incredibly grateful to be featured on the Brevity blog today–let me know what you think!

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Beth MorrowBy Beth Morrow

I made a new acquaintance recently who, in his days before three kids, a job in administration, and a divorce, had been an active and productive writer. He lauded me each evening for having sat down during this pandemic to flesh out the essays in my head with a Bic pen in my spiral notebook.

I couldn’t understand why he, as a person who’d felt the pull and power of writing himself, wasn’t doing the same. I thought that’s what writing was for: to internalize and digest the suppositional inanities of the external world into concrete and rational observations. To use our words to transmute the unease and anger and hatred and uncertainty into a story with tangible relevance. Writing has been the only way I have been able to convert the painful and potentially destructive events of my life into a series of stepping stones since…

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