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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. […]

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:

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.

The New Year II

The New Year II

Have you discovered the best place to do your writing?

Thinking Small About Promoting My Book

Thinking Small About Promoting My Book

It’s happened. I’ve hit a wall with my writing. Well, not exactly with my writing, but with promoting my new book, “Small: The Little We Need for Happiness.” My book will be shipped at the end of this month, just in time for the new […]

The Scourge of Perfectionism

The Scourge of Perfectionism

The Scourge of Perfectionism Perfectionism is common among writers with inhibitions. Whenever they write, whatever they are writing, be it a literary essay or a thank you note, they want it to be perfect in every way—all the right, no best –words, punctuation and content. […]

The Myth of Inspiration

The Myth of Inspiration

Most of the writers I’ve worked with share a common misconception about inspiration. Before we work together, they believed that they couldn’t just sit down and begin writing. They thought they needed to feel “inspired.” When I ask these clients what inspiration means to them, […]