Avoid the Temptation

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Avoid the Temptation

Sometimes when I write I get this feeling that I know where I'm going. There's a momentum to tie things up in a bow. A pull toward closure or an answer. If I keep down this path, the piece would read like a Hollywood Blockbuster: predictable, formulaic. Spoon fed, boring.

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NaNoWriMo Reading and Open Mic

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NaNoWriMo Reading and Open Mic

Share an excerpt of what you wrote during NaNoWriMo in a critique-free, celebratory environment or join us simply to listen to words writers in Central Oregon penned during the month of November as they tackled the goal of writing 50,000 words of a novel.

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On Getting Out of Your Own Way

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On Getting Out of Your Own Way

Natalie Goldberg calls it monkey mind. Steven Pressfield labels it resistance. Elizabeth Gilbert describes it as fear. Regardless of the name, the concept is the same: it's the thing that stands in the way for so many of us wanting to accomplish a writing goal.

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What I Believe In

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What I Believe In

I've never bore witness to a more challenging political climate than the one our country is experiencing right now. The months in the lead up to the Iraq war comes a close second, where I marched in protest of the war with millions of people through the streets of London in the city's largest political demonstration in history. 

It's times like these where taking stock of what we believe is vital. Turn off the TV, the radio, put down your phone. Get quiet. Pull out a notebook and a fast writing pen. Here's your prompt: what I believe in. You don't have to address political issues or candidates. Tell me what you believe at your core. Ten minutes. Go. 

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KPOV Interview

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KPOV Interview

Last month, I appeared on Bend's local community radio station, 88.9 KPOV. Listen to The Point's Jacquie Elliot interview me about the writing process and upcoming writing events in Bend this fall. 

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On Writing Practice

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On Writing Practice

I like to call writing practice writing into the abyss. It is an act of faith. Day in and day out, you put pen to paper, without any guarantee of results, just like a young Olympic hopeful.

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