If you’ve been working on a particular writing project for some time—a story, a novel, or a memoir—and begin feeling uninspired, lackluster, or unable to write, is it a good idea to take a break from writing? This is a natural question for a writer […]
This summer, I’m going to teach an online course called “Thinking Small to Write Big.” I’ve never taught this course before; the idea emerged from my book Small: The Little We Need for Happiness as a way to incorporate all I’ve discovered about small into […]
After I received a contract for my book Small: The Little We Need for Happiness several months ago, I found myself at a loss for what I could now begin writing. I had spent so much of the previous few years writing and revising the essays, then submitting the manuscript to small presses, that its acceptance at Shanti Arts left a surprising vacuum in my life.
Somebody recently told me about a website called “Tiny Habits.” Since one of the main tenets of my approach to working through writing inhibition is to think small, the name appealed immediately to me. By thinking not only large but humongously, so many of the […]
So many writers I’ve worked with write as if they are driving in stop-and-go traffic. They sit down to write, gather some momentum, then something inevitably presents itself to make them slow way way down, or more likely stop. This something can be anything from […]
I often speak to writers, individually and in classes and workshops, about establishing and sustaining a life-long writing practice. Most are hungry for what I have to say, and remain rapt for my entire spiel. But last week, speaking to the participants of this year’s […]