I retrieved this creativity quote from an interview by Krista Tippett with the poet Naomi Shihab Nye.
Join me for a mini writing retreat this December and help raise funds for a child with severe medical needs in Central Oregon.
Over the course of six weeks, you'll be guided through the process of writing a personal essay from conception stage to final product.
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.
Writing is drawing the essence of what we know out of the shadows.
Your life, in six words.
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.
Be specific. Not tree, but ponderosa. Not sandwiches, but corned beef. How do we teach ourselves to write with more specific detail?
A poem on why I teach writing practice
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.
When you hit the road this summer, take writing practice with you. Here's how.
Words of inspiration can sometimes come from unlikely places.
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.
Study five books in this series of workshops dedicated to elevate the way you approach reading.
Dive deep into a writing practice this fall by joining a writing group.
This theme - writing to discover - continually surfaces among creators that I admire.
Like a painter, a writer must create a visual image for the reader. Your pen is your paintbrush.
Verbs bring energy to a sentence. You don't need to ring your hands on every verb, of course, but sprinkling some eyeball-stoppers here and there will invigorate your work.
Being a writer - or any type of creative for that matter - can feel lonely at times. There's no proverbial water cooler chat going on at my house. Just the noise of cars driving around the roundabout outside my studio window, my blue pen scribbling across the page.
I often find companionship from books where the author describes their writing process and gives us a glimpse into the voices inside their head. They too procrastinate? They too self-doubt? Alas, I'm not crazy. In fact, quite the opposite: I'm in good company.