The Personal Story

We are writers.  We write.  Good, bad, ugly and sometimes completely indifferent work and words all scribbled down in the dark of night, or dawn.  We often can’t help but write.  And we often wonder if we are just wasting time.Turns out we aren’t. Journaling, even if the work doesn’t lead to the next great novel, will,  … Continue reading The Personal Story

Thoughts – Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home

I just finished reading Natalie Goldberg’s latest book Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home (released in June 2018).  Loved it.  I love all her books so this isn’t really a serious review because I’m a fangirl, I love Goldberg’s work, and I use her advice for both my teaching and my own writing.   … Continue reading Thoughts – Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home

Take Your Nap Here

“The most underrated creative hack is sleep.” Srinivas Rao – An Audience of One Sleep is still a contested activity. Often enough, sleep is viewed as wasted time, unproductive, a sure sign of sloth and laziness. When I looked up the benefits of a nap  I was immediately assaulted by a pop-up ad for Starbucks Double … Continue reading Take Your Nap Here

Do You Always Show in Creative Writing?

I answer questions on Quora, This one came up:   Do you always have to show and not tell in creative writing? Sometimes we get very wound around the axel figuring out show and not tell.   Ironically, in our visual world, showing is far easier than telling.  But in fiction and creating writing telling … Continue reading Do You Always Show in Creative Writing?