Even Before Sitting Down

Creating A Writing Window

Creating A Writing Window

I’ve worked with writers who are full of the best intentions. “I’m here at my desk, and about to begin my writing. I’m optimistic that today will be a good day,” one of them might shoot me an email. “Today was a loss,” another writer […]

Thinking Small to Write Big

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 a Long Absence

After a Long Absence

I’m taking up my blog again, hoping to make one posting a week from now–until eternity. I’m taking up my blog again, and at the same time, I’m enlarging it. I originally wrote about writing and writing practice, exploring for my readers how to work […]

Finding Your Breath

Last night, I was reminded of a lesson I’d already learned, but had forgotten.  A newer client and I had been struggling to establish a footing for our relationship. Each time we met, I felt as if we were standing on a major fault line, […]

Nurturing a Life-Long Writing Practice

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 […]

Creating a Writing Window

A writer I’m working with, who has struggled with writing inhibition, decided he wanted to write every day.  So he made a commitment, set up his schedule around writing each morning, went to bed, got up the next day, and began walking toward his writing […]

If You Can’t Sit Down to Write, Get Started, Keep Writing, or Complete a Writing Project,

 you are most likely struggling with what I’m now calling writing inhibition. This simply means that at some point during your writing process, something gets in the way and inhibits your moving onto the next phase. And while what “gets in the way” is in […]

Not Writer’s Block

     I should never have included the words “writer’s block” in the title of my book.  I knew better, but the publisher requested the subtitle “A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer’s Block, and I agreed.  I knew it was a mistake.  […]

Choosing an Ideal Reader

  So often when we sit down to write, we bring with us a chorus of nay-sayers.    All those people we’ve encountered throughout our lifetime who have been unkind to us or critical of what we’ve said or done.   The chorus might consist of one […]

How Long Should I Write?

  I’ve been reminded recently, both by clients and by my own hectic life, that we often stay away from our writing because of a misconception about just how much time we should set aside before we even think about sitting down to write.  I […]