burning morning pages

graveyard-bench

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

you must be joking

castle wall near emmendingen, germany

I wish my psyche had a benevolent dictator. Tell me what to do and I’ll do it. Just don’t make me sort through all the options and decide what’s important and what’s not, how to prioritize, what to say or not say, what to write and how to write it. Every choice matters, and all these choices add up to my life. … Choices might be simpler to make if … Read more

writing prompts for getting started

river guide in colmar, france

Though every step toward a desire counts, the first step is special. A first step, by definition, involves heading somewhere different. And no matter what we’re writing, writing it has the potential to change things. So experiencing a degree of performance pressure, getting stuck in the pause before initiating movement and change, is … Read more

purposefully undefined

landscape with sky

I once asked a friend of mine, artist Donna Romero, “How are you?” After a long pause she answered, “I’m very in between the trapezes right now.” Though transitions, passages, holding patterns, time outs, and in-betweens are part of metamorphosis, they can … Read more

slow fool

pond-staring in colmar, france

If you want to be successful, you’ve got to be smart and speedy, right? Make quick decisions with exceptional intelligence so you can get ahead of the pack. Find a slim opening of amazing opportunity and cannily sneak through it before someone else does. Whatever happens, don’t get left behind. … Pardon me for not being … Read more

may i please be excused?

at the table

When I close my eyes and probe deeper into the meaning of my request to please be excused, I find a childlike desire to be allowed to stop trying so hard to wait. … Read more

writing and stitching

stitched tree branches

You don’t need to consider yourself “a writer” to use the act of writing as a sorting tool. Writing can gather and stitch bits into a whole, even if the “whole” is a journal entry or a scribble on a scrap of paper. … Read more

trial and error terror

trial and error terror

To make something you really like, something with legs, something with a life of its own, you’re going to have to fail. Get used to it. When you befriend the process of trying and failing until you succeed, you win. … Read more

how to fall in love with yourself

fall in love with yourself

If, for whatever reason, you struggle with feeling like you don’t have what it takes to become a better writer, instigating a love affair with yourself can help. Start with these specific assignments. … Read more

mistakes were made

mistakes? maybe not.

A mistake is an unexpected opening, a sudden fault line in the pathway. An accepted mistake is an unplanned chance to bring more creativity into the writing process. By allowing errors, we invite the unpracticed and the unforeseen to participate. … Read more