As writers of our own life stories, we have the power to transmute negative emotions like sadness and rage to positive emotions like acceptance, love and joy. And when we share such a story with others, our experience has the power to positively impact theirs.
This month, follow the passionate pathways of love in your life….
When it comes to setting writing goals, the tricky part is figuring out where to set the bar. You want to set it high enough to be aspirational and challenging, but not so high that it will be impossible to reach, leading to a year of constantly beating yourself up because you’re not accomplishing enough. […]
The practice of art, whether purposeful memoir or other forms of creative expression, can help us dig deeply into our intuitive ways of knowing. Sometimes the answers lie not in our heads but in our hearts, and art is an essential way of tapping into that inner guidance.
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.
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 […]