Reflections on Choosing a Word For the Year

For the past six years I’ve been choosing my word for the year, although recently I feel as if the words have been choosing me. “Fierce” showed up for 2020, …

Reflections on 2020

In some ways, 2020 has felt like a giant waiting room. A year in which many of us have been collectively on pause. Uncertain. In Buddhist spiritual practice, “waiting” means …

Making Sense of Your Journey Through Writing

During these past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about how chaotic life can be in the moment. It feels like we are constantly constructing our reality as we live it.  A …

Why Do We Put Writing Last?

Last week, a friend of mine asked me – in a tone of desperation – why he can’t prioritize his writing. He’s tried everything: writing in short bursts at lunch …

How To Maintain Creative Focus During Difficult Times

Transparent moment: These past two weeks have been challenging on the home front. My husband, who is living with a chronic illness, needed to be taken to the emergency room …

Writing Advice: What To Do When You’re Stuck

When you started your writing project, you were flooded with inspiration. It seemed like the words couldn’t come fast enough as your descriptions, characters, and plot spilled onto the paper …

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How To Overcome The “Messy Middle”

The Messy Middle is that time when writing your manuscript isn’t fun anymore. You feel like you’ve hit the wall, where words have stopped flowing easily and all your efforts …