Sitting down

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 […]

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Listening to Yourself I’m just finishing up a proposal for a collection of short personal essays titled “Small.”  I have no idea whether these pieces so dear to me will find a home or not.  But I am certain that writing them was a rich […]


The Noise Factor Jeannie McCormack’s comment about ear plugs reminded me that I haven’t talked about the noise factor and writing.  But even before I broach that topic, it might be a good time for me to explain why I’m writing so much about what […]

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CREATING A MINDSET If you have settled on the best time and place to write, and are still having difficulty sitting down, you might take about five minutes or so to relax and create a mindset conducive to writing.  Here’s how to do this: 1.  […]

More Even Before Sitting Down

While you’re thinking about where you would feel most comfortable writing, you should also consider what time would be optimal (it’s best to write at the same time every day).  First, reflect on when during the day you consistently feel the most alert and energized.  […]