Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott As a young writer, I was always looking for advice on how to get my words out. This gem of a book is a classic for writers who need to get over themselves and get to the writing. Lamott’s voice is absolutely inviting and inspiring. She’s one of those […]
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Spring comes around every year, and I find that often, when coaching my clients, that some tidying up is required. It’s usually less the surface stuff, though that’s important, but often the things under the surface that need an update. Old beliefs, self-perceptions and projects may need to be taken to the curb. This article […]
You know that book idea that’s been simmering in the back of your mind forever? It’s time to bring it off the back burner and into your life now! Get Started Writing Your Book takes place at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder on Sunday, April 14th. Only a few spots left! Register here. In this […]
Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation by Noel Riley Fitch It was 1993, and I was working at Capitol Hill Books in Denver. The cool thing about a second-hand bookshop is that any random book can come in and change your life. One day, this book came in. I was in my twenties, clueless about […]
Happy birthday, Sylvia Beach! I’m so glad you were born to be an inspiration to readers and writers across generations. I devoted a dozen years of my life to writing a novel about Sylvia’s life. I wanted more people to know about this American heroine who founded the legendary Paris bookshop, Shakespeare and Company. To […]
At the end of February, there was a confluence of activity here at Original Impulse. I wrote a vulnerable article for you. My web site, that I’ve been working on since October, went live. That caused my email to go down. Also, an RSS feed for my blog got triggered and started sending out blog […]
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg This is one of the true cornerstones for my life, writing and work. In it, Natalie popularised the concept of free-writing. This practice allows people to get their words out more easily. I have written every single thing using this method. I’ve also taught this method to thousands […]
Women’s History Month seems like the perfect time to begin my World-Changing Books by Women series. In March, I will share books by women I consider to be my creative ancestors. These books gave me the courage to access my creativity. I became a writer and an artist because of the books I will share […]
As a girl, every week I visited the library. My parents would drop me off and pick me up later. I’d come home loaded down with a stack of books that I would devour and chronicle in my book ledger. Well, not much has changed! I still go to the library and bring home more […]
Since I’ve stopped watching TV, I have been back to my original love: reading BOOKS! I’m launching a new series later this week, where I will share a world-changing book by women every Friday. More on that soon. For now, here’s what I’m reading and enjoying. The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer. I read this […]