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Remembering to Think Small

Remembering to Think Small

Thinking Small About Promoting My Book I should be thrilled. I just found out that my book “Small: The Little We Need for Happiness” will be published in September or October. I’ve been looking forward to this publication for years—all the years that I’ve been […]

Making a Small Sacrifice to Reap the Large Rewards of Writing

Making a Small Sacrifice to Reap the Large Rewards of Writing

Finding the Time to Write I recently began working with a new writer who leads a very full life. She’s a professional, has two young children and is active in her community. “I know I’m really busy,” she told me, “but I’ve been creating this […]

If You Can’t Sit Down to Write

If You Can’t Sit Down to Write

I’ve written about this before, but the problem comes up so often, I think it bears reflecting upon again: What do you do when you find yourself avoiding writing? This situation often arises with the writers I work with. They might willingly commit to writing […]

Taking a Break from Writing

  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 […]

What Should I Be Writing About?

What Should I Be Writing About?

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.

Writing As A Tiny Habit

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 […]

Stop-and-G0 Writing

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 […]

Identifying Your Anxiety/ies

A former client recently interviewed me for a podcast he was creating on the subject of failure.  He wanted me to talk mainly about a writer’s fear of criticism and rejection, to help his listeners understand their fear of failure and eventually learn to write […]

Priming the Pump

When Sitting Down Isn’t Enough I’ve been writing long enough that I don’t usually have a problem sitting down to write.  Oh, I admit that some mornings, I do more than my allotted share of puttering.  In addition to scrubbing out the kitchen sink, which […]

The Solitude of Writing

For Whom Are You Writing? Recently, several clients have talked about how lonely and isolated they feel when they are writing, how the solitude is difficult for them to tolerate. As I’ve reflected on the struggle of these writers, I realized that their difficulty is […]