WRITING THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC

How goes your work? Writing through the pandemic When life is heavier than usual, Requires more planning, more commitment. You might be challenged by too much solitude Or perhaps not enough.  Either way, I see you adapt, And it inspires me. You remake...

Emulating Emily Rapp

Steal Like an Artist.  That was the title of Austin Kleon’s first book. It’s a reference to Pablo Picasso’s famous advice, “Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal.” During the summer reading course, when we studied memoirs by Black...

Return to Writing

Tell me if this has ever happened to you. You create an intention to commit to daily writing practice or that bigger project that you swore would be your priority.  You take off like a jack rabbit for a few weeks or even a few months, but then you start to drift...

Protect Your Mind

There is revolution in the streets And a madman in the White House. A pandemic/a plague And the planet slowly burns.  You cannot close your eyes to any of it. And yet, you must turn away. For an hour or two. Preferably in the morning, Though dusk is good too. You must...

Come on, Little Brain

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with some of you about your writing.  Here are a few comments I’ve heard on repeat:   I keep coming back to this idea.I am haunted by this story. I hear this voice in my head,...

Transformation of Memoir, Part III

This is the third and last post in this series about memoir. I would love to know if it has sparked any ideas for your own work and/or if the questions I’ve posed were useful. Feel free to hit reply, and let me know. As I shared a few weeks ago, I started...

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