Writing Talent IS a Thing

Last week while scrolling Instagram, a post popped up that declared, “Reminder that ‘writing talent’ is not a thing. Writing is a skill. It’s a muscle. You get better by writing more and more and reading a ton.” My initial, gut response was total disagreement. Then, I saw that the post had over a thousand…

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How does one become a writer?

I’ve been thinking about this question because as a writing and book coach who works with aspiring or newer writers, I often hear variations of, “I want to write a book/have a book idea, but I’m not a writer.” This, of course, begs the question, how does one become a writer, or what does it…

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On Discovering and Embracing Slow Writing, Slow Creativity

A few years ago, my sister sent me a link to a blog on a couple’s “slow travel” adventures. I’d never heard of slow travel, and I found the concept fascinating, this whole idea of going to a place, staying there for an extended period of time, and really getting to know it. Traveling slowly,…

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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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Questions leading to more questions and ultimately, wisdom

There is not only an epidemic/pandemic of virus out there. There’s an epidemic of everyone asking questions, mostly questions along these lines,  “WHY is this happening?” “WHEN can we safely leave our homes?” “WHEN can I go back to work/school/coffeeeeeee with friends?” “WHAT am I supposed to do?!?” And yes, I’ve been asking them too. Especially…

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Comparison

I got together with some of my biz besties yesterday. We were talking about self-care, and one of the ideas that came up was that of comparison – how a healthy attitude should not include comparing ourselves to others. Everyone nodded in agreement, like it’s a bad thing.  I disagreed.  Comparing things and being able to differentiate differences…

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Giving Yourself Permission is Bull#@&!

Unfortunately in our world, full-grown adults still require permission to en-JOY life or to play and create. We “grant ourselves permission” or wait for it from our bosses, jobs, family, or friends to allow ourselves the space to play and create. This, my friends, is crap. You do NOT need permission from anyone, except possibly…

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Creating Space to Write

Last weekend, I BLEW it.  I had the opportunity to travel to Taos, New Mexico for a retreat with a group of super creative, amazing women. And I didn’t go. I thought I was being responsible.  I wasn’t being responsible. Nope, more like dumb.  I ended up majorly regretting this decision, so instead of feeling (more) sorry…

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The Power of a Smile

Here’s a “funny” for you…”What did the 0 say to the 8?” Read this post and the answer is at the bottom! I often share random jokes in my Instagram stories. And, there’s actually a psychological reason for sharing random “funnies” other than just being silly. There’s a principle called the Facial Feedback Hypothesis that…

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