Organizing Your Ideas

Last week, we talked about having a container(s) for your ideas so they don’t evaporate or move on to another creative soul ready to receive them because you are not in a position to use them immediately. The logical next step is to have an organizing principle for...

Refill Your Creative Well

Last week, I wrote about post-publication depression, then received feedback from several authors who have indeed faced something that feels like depression after they finished writing their books or published them. This week, I offer an alternative view, a reframing...

A Writing Event Right for You – Part 1 of 3

Writing workshops, conferences, and retreats can be fun, interesting, and exciting ways for authors to learn more about the craft of writing. Over time, I have attended all three types of events and I usually come away inspired and always return to my writing with new...

Exquisite Month, Unfolding Year

Golden light washed over St. George Island on my first morning here. I am on St. George now and we just completed the second morning of workshops at the Fiction Among Friends women’s writing retreat. This is my ninth year attending. A sacred week for me, this is the...

Writing as an Instrument for Meaning-Making

Last week, I wrote about how we must write, no matter what, in the middle of things, despite circumstances . . . that we must make time to write. I was resolute in my instruction, adamant in my advice. Then the unthinkable happened. I am still numb from the loss on...

Tuesday Tip: Make Time to Write . . . No Matter What

Looking for only the perfect time to create? Forget about it! You are always in the middle of something so it is right in the middle of things that your creating must also happen. Never is there a moment when we aren’t “in the middle of something.” And that holds...