trading push for pull

An article I’ve written about decision fatigue and going on vacation without leaving home, among other things, was published recently on Maria Hill’s HSP Health website. … Read more

finding your inspired structure


If you’re inspired by the structure of your own writing project, you’ll share better and more easily, and your readers will benefit. Because there are so many ways to structure a writing project, it can be overwhelming to think about how to do it. Which option do you choose? What’s the right structure for you and your project? The good news is that … Read more

Trying to Be a Person


“”When I first met Don DeLillo, he was making the case that if we ever stop having fiction writers it will mean we’ve given up on the concept of the individual person. We will only be a crowd. And so it seems to me that the writer’s responsibility nowadays is very basic: to continue … Read more

burning morning pages


I have a new friend, Alex, who lives in Berlin. We met through a Barbara Sher connection (she wrote the remarkable book Wishcraft), which gave us initial common ground, but then we discovered that we’re both writers. I love talking with Alex because of his willingness to … Read more

caring for challenges and dreams with a buddy


When the doorbell rings, the apples for the apple crisp have been cut, the kitchen table has been cleared and cleaned, and the radiator is sending up cozy waves of warmth. My friend Annabel and I are trying something new today. We’re using each other’s company to … Read more

free-range writing lessons

blocks buster e-course

I’m pleased to offer a new 12-week e-course. Blocks Buster free-range writing lessons are like weekly play dates with the part of you that knows what you need in order to write more, write more confidently, and write as your true self. See the … Read more

writing with truth serum

"They want me to get marry."

I found a short story on the street here in Germany the other day, handwritten on both sides of a sheet of graph paper. As with other compelling stories, not all questions raised are answered, and the issues explored reach the … Read more

Tell It Again


You know that feeling when you’re talking with someone and you say something you wish you hadn’t? I do. I can’t always organize my thoughts and feelings quickly enough to meet the demands of a conversation, especially an important conversation that triggers my emotions. … Read more

a philosophical riff on writing

skylight with ladder

Writing is linear. Thinking, dreaming, and feeling are complex, circular, and multi-dimensional. When we write – whatever we write – we translate sensations, roundness, amorphous half-beings and ghosts, prisms, archetypes, half-known … Read more

writing with a tender heart

tender seed pods

Coolness can be the enemy of the tender heart. How good it feels to love without being told that our loving is somehow unacceptable or uncool. What if coolness at its best is an unabashed enthusiasm for uncool things? If cool equals what we love, even if others don’t agree or don’t see as we see, then we’re … Read more