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Small and a Measure of Music

Small and a Measure of Music

Last night, lying in bed next to my seven-year-old granddaughter Amelie, waiting for her to fall asleep, I began concentrating on the music playing on her boom box. It was a disc titled “Chill with Chopin,” and as I listened to what I think was […]

New Year’s Writing Resolution

New Year’s Writing Resolution

It’s the first weeks into the new year, and a perfect time to make one resolution about your writing practice. Remember, only one. Begin by thinking about your writing. How often do you come to the page? For how long? How many pieces have you […]

The Gift of Writing

The Gift of Writing

Driving home after dark last night, I turned onto a block festooned for Christmas.  With all the colored lights twinkling at me, I realized that, this year, I wanted to help writers give themselves the gift of writingfor Christmas. It’s actually an easy gift to give–and it’s […]

Trust the Writing Process

Trust the Writing Process

Once you’ve trusted your imagination enough to sit down and begin writing, next, you have to learn to trust the writing process. So many of the writers I’ve worked with forget—or have never known—that fine writing doesn’t happen all at once; it takes place step […]

Against Perfectionism

Against Perfectionism

  Many of the writers I work with fuss with their current story, poem, or essay forever, before moving on to the next story, poem, or essay they want to write.  “I just want to read through one more time,” more than a few of […]

The Willing Suspension of Disbelief

The Willing Suspension of Disbelief

Most people who struggle with writing are intense self-questioners: is this the best topic, is this the best way to open, am I asking the right questions, speaking to the right audience? No wonder these people have such a hard time writing. Can you imagine […]

The Real Beauty of Small

The Real Beauty of Small

I recently checked in with Amazon, and was astounded at the number of books on happiness. So many experts and so many methods of achieving this ideal state. Where does small fit in to this universe, I asked myself? And with all these books and […]

Let Your Writing Be the Boss

Let Your Writing Be the Boss

I had hoped to write during my month in France, but was too busy and distracted to focus. So I was relieved when an idea for a new essay came to me a few days after returning home. I wanted to write about how speaking […]

Rediscovering Small

Rediscovering Small

I just spent a month in France, where I didn’t think about small at all. Not once. When I returned home, I felt completely disconnected from the practice that had been central to my life. The disconnect is understandable. I hadn’t felt the need for […]

Getting Started Writing and Starting Up a Power Mower

Getting Started Writing and Starting Up a Power Mower

At the end of the day, the participants in the “Jumpstarting Your Writing” workshop I taught several weeks ago, agreed to settle on a small amount of time—15 minutes to a half hour–Writing and Starting a to write, at least five times a week, and […]