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How to Listen to Your Writing Like a Music Fan

“Raw. Real. That band was amazing in their early days.” “Middle years were near perfection, though. They became true musicians.” “Now they write soulless stuff. Well-produced. But soulless.” “Happens with all the greats.” “Yeah…then they break up.” This type of… Continue Reading →

Location, Location…

I’ve been doing a good deal of traveling this summer, bouncing around. Last week consisted of sweating down the length of California during a heatwave (ensnared in mind-numbing traffic) topped off with a sugar-fueled amusement park day with my son…. Continue Reading →

In Retreat

Retreat. An interesting word. Both an act of moving back, withdrawing, often in defeat—but also a place of safety and reflection. When it comes to the writing retreat kind, perhaps the meaning gets even more complicated. A couple of years… Continue Reading →

Year of Using the Guest Towel

I got a beautiful journal from a dear friend, a gift she hoped would help start off the New Year for me with some extra creative spark. She’s always been a big supporter of my writing. Gotta love those friends…. Continue Reading →

The Mythical Beast of Inspiration

Inspiration seems to be the unicorn of writing. A mythical and miraculous beast to behold. And maybe a figment of the imagination. Many writers claim to have had it, and many more search for it in the course of their… Continue Reading →

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