What happens when we wave the wands of our pens and make magic happen on our pages?
One of the great challenges and joys of memoir is trying to recreate in words the sensuous experience of the places that have had great impact on our lives. Sometimes it’s for a positive reason—the place you fell in love!—and sometimes it may be the backdrop for some dark memories: a hospital or an unhappy […]
Since the 1960s, it’s been common knowledge that the personal is political—meaning, what happens in our personal lives is shaped by the larger social politics of our society, and our choices as individuals can in turn affect the political landscape. When I woke up to the climate crisis, the environmental crisis and the Sixth Great […]
I have been walking through the quiet, bare woods lately, noticing the only green around so far in my corner of western Massachusetts: the mosses, which grow with such determination on seemingly inhospitable rocks, and with luxurious abandon on the more nourishing ground of fallen trees and stumps. The bright green of the […]
I’m here to tell you—for a writer, daydreaming is a crucial practice. It is NOT wasted time.
This International Women’s Day, join me in celebrating the courageous women who have dared to live deeply and to enrich our life experience with theirs.
When you get to a block, be compassionate with yourself. Sit by the river of your own mind, and listen quietly, without haste or urgency. With patience and persistence, you’ll come to hear the singing in the flow again.
Love is arguably the emotion that matters most. We are born loving, reaching out blindly for our mother’s love, and continuing to search for love our whole lives, bending toward its warmth like a flower swiveling its face towards the sun. Love is universal, but the key to writing about love successfully is sink down […]
Lately I have been reading Edith Wharton’s memoir, A Backward Glance, and I am most struck by the early chapters when she describes her childhood. The young Edith was a dreamy, sensitive child who loved nothing so much as rambles in the countryside, and who was devoted to her dog. “The owning of my first […]
For the most part, we writers are a solitary, introverted bunch. But much as we may enjoy our own company and the quiet musings of our imaginations, we also need to come out of our corners and play with others. Enter writing classes, circles, retreats and other gatherings. In my youth, I was so devastated […]