Six Things Anne Lamott and I Know about Writing

  I am a big fan of Anne Lamott’s writing about life and about writing. So I’m going to riff on a post about her that is making the rounds. She gave a Ted talk in 2015 about everything she knew as she was about to turn 61. It’s all great stuff and I recommend...

On craft: the fretted issue of point of view

It all depends on your point of view. We have heard that time and time again. It usually means that we understand a situation relatively, from our own perspective. In writing that is what it means too. Yet, because you are a writer, the issue gets complicated by your...

In Celebration of the Defiant Dreamer

My younger son sometimes got into trouble at school. Well, both my sons did. They were boys, right? (Not to sound too sexist, but does anyone really want to dispute the MUCH longer list of boy names on the kindergarten board on any given day as against the...

The Third (and sometimes surprising) Path to Publishing

Most of my clients and students I teach are very aware of the two, well-known paths to publishing: commercial or mainstream publishing and self-publishing. Most aspire to the commercial or mainstream path and some realize that the self-publishing route is the more...

Confidence is an Inside Job

                I just finished up a telesummit–a virtual conference–called “How to Own Your Creative Energy, Write a Book, and Transform the World.” I’ve attended a lot of these events over the...

The Art of Hope: Part III

Why Your Writing Hopes Aren’t Nearly Expansive Enough Click here to read Part I and click here to read Part II of The Art of Hope series. If you’ve been alive for a while, you’ve probably learned that those youthful high hopes are completely unrealistic. Who are you...

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