Thinking Partners, The Wife of Bath, & Sovereignty

One of my dear friends, who’s also a book client & official “thinking partner,” just finished walking the Cotswold’s Way in England and a leg of the Camino in Spain. She’s been working on her memoir about her pilgrimages, in order to find herself. While walking in England, she shared that they are heading into…

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Why Collaboration Matters and How to Find Collaborators

How are you doin’ out there? Me? In all honestly, it’s been a little up and down with the ongoing pandemic and forced isolation. But this morning was definitely an UP moment. I got OUT of the house and went on a walk with a good friend and fellow extrovert. For two normally positive souls,…

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Finding Fresh Ideas (when everything’s already been done)

Did you know that when it comes to our artistic work there are no truly new ideas? Really, it’s true. Rather, there are new combinations and connections between existing ideas that make our creations feel new and innovative. So, you can let go of struggling with how to create new ideas. Instead, focus on “filling…

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Idea Generation: Getting to Your Best Ideas

How do we come up not only with ideas, but how do we come up with GREAT deas? Original ideas? In this time-pressed world we live in, we often take or first idea or our second and go with it. We’re focused on producing, on making, on creating the thing, on getting it done, checking it off…

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When uselessness is…useful

Years and years ago I wrote a blog post about table runners. I’d been making a bunch for Christmas gifts and wondered really what they’re for. Turns out they started with a useful function and now they’re mostly decorative with no practical purpose. And practicality, or needing to spend time being useful, can be a huge block to…

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Your idea is calling…pick up (or sit down)

This week in a writing circle, one of the topics we were discussing was perfectionism, an issue that most of us (all of us) writers deal with at some point or another. I shared this video of a short story I used to read to my high school creative writing students. It’s one of my favs. This…

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Writing for Clarity

I’ve spent much of my career teaching writing, whether it was in a formal classroom setting or working with clients on their writing. And, I write everyday, between journaling, blogs, podcast episodes, emails, novels, and a non-fiction project. Communicating with others (and myself) through the written word is what I do, who I am, and what I…

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The Creative Gap

Here’s an encouraging video with Ira Glass’ wisdom to keep going on your creative work. I’ve recently begun painting, and this video absolutely speaks to me about continuing to be able to close the gap between what’s in my head and what I actually create because trust me when I say it’s two TOTALLY different…

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Finding Clarity

Let’s start this post with an easy question since your brain may be quaran-tired. Here goes: Have you ever had something come out of your mouth that you didn’t even know you thought or knew until you actually said the words during a conversation with someone else or yourself**? Or, have you ever been randomly…

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The Power of Doing Nothing to Feed Your Soul (and creativity)

This spring, I started on my newest novel…and have made very little progress. My goal was to WRITE, to get words ON THE PAGE because that’s how progress is measured. Or is it? It’s been so long since I started a new novel project that I’d forgotten a key component. Rather than taking the time…

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