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Strategies for Facing the Blank Page, Part I

Strategies for Facing the Blank Page, Part I

Starting a New Piece. Writers have been writing about the blank page for centuries. Mainly about its terrors. Few artists, if any, anticipate with relish beginning anew, whether it be a piece of writing, a painting, or a musical composition. Facing a pure white canvas, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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:

A New Form of Writing Block

A New Form of Writing Block

I’m learning something new about writing inhibitions. I’ve always known that a block could inhibit not only the writing itself, but also completing a writing project and even submitting writing for publication. I’ve worked with clients who fall into the latter two categories. They have […]

How to Be Kind to Yourself When You Write

How to Be Kind to Yourself When You Write

Showering yourself with kindness when you write is essential.

Don’t Stop Writing

Don’t Stop Writing

When you hit the wall of deciding what you’re writing is no good, don’t just up and stop writing altogether.

How to Talk to the Writing Critics in Your Head

How to Talk to the Writing Critics in Your Head

If you’re aware of writing critics residing in your head, this post will help you clear the airwaves.

The Benefits of a Writing companion

The Benefits of a Writing companion

If you don’t have a writing companion, you might think about finding one.