finding your inspired structure

structural-elements

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

snowy-hill

“”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

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

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

theatre-conversations

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

how to know what to do

a mini-golf moment

When I was a kid, I dreamed of being a grown-up. I assumed that, as an adult, I’d get to do amazing things – like go sailing and write books and have my own art studio – but mainly, I’d have what I imagined to be the warm, powerful feeling of knowing what to do to make big, grown-up things happen. … Imagine my surprise to find … Read more

sarah seidelmann's teacher tribute

Sarah Seidelmann

Sarah, what’s a story about someone who encouraged or taught you to write (or create) in your own way? Perhaps not surprisingly, it was a gaggle of free-spirited nuns at a summer day camp I went to called “The Barn” when I was 11. Those kind, low-key, spiritually minded women simply invited us to … Read more