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What Keeps You From Writing?

I have started no fewer than 6 blog posts in the last 7 days to reintroduce myself to longer writing after this daily poetry stint (it’s not over, I just feel called to write differently) and I am struggling. Mightily, I might add. I can’t put my finger on why it’s so difficult, but I’m […]

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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 Getting Lost in Creativity

All day long, I put off working on my writing project. I know I needed to sit and get down thoughts, but couldn’t find the energy But only after putting on my pjs last night did I feel like sitting and writing. I’m glad I did—that’s the thing about creativity—you are always glad you did […]

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What to Do When Words Don’t Come

Being in that place where it’s time to put words down on the page but they refuse to show up can feel incredibly isolating, but it needn’t be. Since the days of papyrus and charcoal (or whatever ancient writing implements were used!), feeling blocked in getting our ideas from the abstract to the concrete faces […]

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Time to Write: Getting Words to the Page

Now that we have all this space and paper, what on earth do we begin to write about? This may be the easy part for you–you may have been wanting to write for quite some time, but lacked the impetus. Stories of your grandkids, poems about your travels, a blog about breakfast cereals. Perhaps the […]

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Dear Reader 3.21.21

Dear Reader, From the first piece of writing ever published, the debate of what makes a writer ‘a writer’ has raged. Are you a writer because you write? Are you a writer only when you publish? Are you a writer only when you are paid for your work? Or are you only a writer if […]

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Space and Place: Where Do You Write?

As a followup to Friday’s lesson on Finding Physical Space to write, I’ve been scouring the internet for more advice and insight on this topic. I believe that knowing if you’re a multi-space or only-at-the-desk kind of writer matters as much as the words you put on paper. There is no right or wrong when […]

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Time to Write: Finding Physical Space

Recently, I have not felt settled. Whether this is due to the change of seasons, going back to my classroom (this time with students) on Monday, or the planetary alignment, I have struggled mightily to find my way through my daily routine in a way that gets my many daily tasks accomplished with any fidelity. […]

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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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Time to Write: Creating Mental Space

I recently began coursework to become a meditation teacher. Over the course of the last several years and especially during COVID, I finally managed to pin down a seated meditation practice that had become part of my every day. Sometimes I’d sit fifteen minutes; other times I managed to calm myself down into an hour […]

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