Do you crave a consistent writing routine? Something you can rely on to write what you want, when you want. It’s possible, but first you have to ask this question: What does it mean for you to be consistent with your writing? You don’t necessarily have to write every day to have a consistent routine. […]
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Have you ever had a lot of ideas for things you want to write, but when you sit down to actually write something, the ideas are gone? Yeah, it happens. Somehow the muse disappears when the pen comes out. Free-writing helps solve that irksome problem. We think we need to feel inspiration, then write. But […]
It’s National Poetry Month! Can you believe that I got my start teaching writing with a class called Poetry Unbound? I was no great poet back in 1996, but I had a youthful enthusiasm and brio that made me want to teach. I used to jump up onto the counter at Capitol Hill Books and […]
Do you ever feel like you’re not always telling or writing your true truth? That you censor yourself in order to seek approval or look a certain way? I’ve seen a miraculous release of our truths when we use free-writing. Writing with a prompt, using a timer and without stopping has a potent truth-releasing effect. […]
Some people think that free-writing is a waste of time, because it might not be publishable or useful. I can assure you that this method does yield work that is ready for the world. Frankly, I don’t know any writer that doesn’t need some editing. Of course your free-writing will need revising. For me, free-writing […]
If we’re honest with ourselves, the only thing in the way of our writing dreams is ourselves. We are afraid we’re not good enough. Or we worry that what we have to say is unimportant. I believe that if you have the desire or urge to write, you must follow it. Who knows where it […]
Most of us feel the time squeeze – we don’t have enough time in the day to do all the things we have to do, let alone the things we want to do. But I’ve coached all kinds of people, from moms to executives to entrepreneurs, and the lack of time excuse isn’t really valid. […]
One of the biggest blocks we face is fear of what others will think of us and our writing. This concern for staying safe and looking good is normal – we all have this to some degree, right? But in order to get our words out in our authentic voice, we need to shut ourselves […]
Are you waiting for permission to start writing what you want? Wait no longer. In April, I’m going to post a daily writing inspiration to coax all and any wannabe writers to get started (or resume!). I will share the benefits of free-writing, a method I have been teaching since 1996. Free-writing is a powerful […]
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland This book was first published in 1938 and it’s just as fresh and relevant as it was then. “Everybody is talented, original and has something to say,” Brenda writes. This kind of generosity and straight-talking makes this book a timeless classic. Her words fuels my belief that […]