Time Well Spent

I asked Chanta Combs to share a bit about her experience with Around the Writer’s Table these last few months. In this week’s blog, she reflects on her internship with us and why it became so much more than a straightforward … Continue reading

Believe in Your Creative Journey

While writing can be perplexing, intricate, and intense, it is a beautiful, enriching journey that will provide—in and of itself—the strength you need to develop your authentic voice. The world seems to measure us exclusively on our outcomes, what we … Continue reading

Overcoming Fear

As your authentic voice emerges publicly, you will experience a range of emotions and, ultimately, new sources of strength. I’ve struggled writing this week’s blog because other parts of my life have demanded all of my emotional energy recently—most notably, … Continue reading

A Brave New World

Assessing your work and acknowledging areas for growth will create new frontiers for your craft and, more importantly, an authentic existence as an author. You have been pouring your heart and soul onto the page, traveling through distant lands, exploring … Continue reading

Imitation & Ingenuity

Emulating and mirroring other authors’ techniques will build your creative muscle and illuminate your writing process. In recent weeks, we have encouraged you to create silence and listen to your inner voice. Perhaps, this quiet introspection has led you outside … Continue reading

Calming the Inner Disquiet

Restlessness is a fundamental ingredient of the creative process. Embrace it in order to understand your full artistic potential. Carpe Diem! In 1989, actor Robin Williams starred in The Dead Poet’s Society. As you may recall, this film centered on … Continue reading

Silence Is Golden

If noise clutters your mind, you will produce shallow writing. Create silence and empower your authentic voice. As you enter the room, you immediately feel its aching potential. The neutral walls yearn for color, texture, or art—anything to animate the … Continue reading

Is Post-Publication “Depression” a Given for First-Time Authors?

Culling my files recently for idea-notes, I came across an unpublished article that I wrote nearly three years ago. In our last blog post (My Book, My Daughter), artist and author Licia Berry shared her story of nearly abandoning her book … Continue reading

My Book, My Daughter

It isn’t unusual for artists and writers—even experienced and successful ones—to pour heart and soul into a precious creative project, seeing it nearly to completion, only to abandon it. Have you done that before? This week, artist, author, and speaker … Continue reading