Author: jane staw

Writing and Risk

Writing and Risk

Recently I met a woman I didn’t know for coffee. She had read my book and liked it, and wanted to meet me. I usually say no to this sort of encounter. I’m busy with my clients and my own writing, and prefer to keep […]

A Brief Interlude That Recaptures the Past

A Brief Interlude That Recaptures the Past

When I picked her up from school on Tuesday, my six-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter told me she didn’t feel good. After we arrived home, I touched her forehead. It was warm. “I think you have a fever,” I told her. I offered her a snack and a […]

Writing As Discovery

Writing As Discovery

For well over a month, each time we met, one of my clients repeated that he was almost ready to begin writing. “I’ve got just about another week or so of thinking this through, before my writing will really take off,” he kept assuring me. […]

Beautiful, Tiny Things

Beautiful, Tiny Things

This morning, the movers hauled away the last of my mother’s furniture remaining in her condo: Several antique end tables, a roll-top desk that had been my grandfather’s when he was a boy, and a highboy my father had always used to store his clothing. […]

Tired of the Rain: Think Small

Tired of the Rain: Think Small

It’s easy to grow irritated when bad weather persists. Days of being snowbound or pummeling rain can turn our moods sour. It’s been pouring here for the past few days, torrents of rain causing freeway accidents and delays, and making going anywhere, even just a […]

Writing and Small

Writing and Small

At book parties to promote my book, “Small: The Little We Need for Happiness,” people often ask me about my writing process, something I love talking about. I was once a very blocked writer. Throughout college, I struggled with every term paper, writing the opening […]

An Act of Small

An Act of Small

At a book event last Sunday, one of my neighbors called me over to her table. “I’m going to pay for two books, but I’m not going to take them. Instead, I’d like you to give them to two people who might not be able […]

Taking Care of Yourself During a Flu of Discouragement

Taking Care of Yourself During a Flu of Discouragement

For writers, feeling discouraged is like having the flu. Here’s how to take care of yourself:

The Power of A Single Orange

The Power of A Single Orange

One range saves a life!

It Would Be Enough

It Would Be Enough

A grade-school friend I hadn’t been in touch with for decades, learned about my book, ordered it and began reading it. As she read, she emailed me her responses and reactions. Along the way, she told me something about the life she has lived. In […]