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Where Does Your Creative Juice Live?

by admin on July 19, 2015

One of my favorite books on writing is “Fruitflesh” by Gayle Brandeis. What I love about the book is that she realizes that writing isn’t just a mental process, but an embodied process. Thus, she writes, “We can tune in to our bodies to sense where, in the present moment, our creativity hums most loudly.” [...]

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When Will Your Book Be Finished?

by admin on May 11, 2015

It goes like this: You tell yourself your book will be done by the end of the year. But then the year passes, and then sometimes another. You ask yourself: Am I a no-good procrastinator who will never finish my book? And yet, you’re focused on your book, working at your writing and editing, honing [...]

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Feeling stuck as a writer is the equivalent to having a non-stop headache: it hurts! Since finishing the manuscript for Reclaiming the Wild Soul last year, I’ve been looking for another big writing project to throw myself into. Nothing seems to have grabbed me yet, and so I find myself slightly adrift. But I’m willing [...]

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This 17 minute audio will introduce to the two things your book most needs in order to stand out. It’ll ask you some provocative questions, get you thinking, and help you to find your own special magic as a writer. Please take your time with questions, explore, and see what fresh ideas emerge. Then remember [...]

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Big, Medium, Small, A 3-Step Approach to Revising

by admin on September 30, 2014

You’ve written a piece–a chapter, a scene, the introduction to your book. Now, having set it aside for a while, it’s time to revise. Here’s a three step process to help you revise until you have a polished piece. Step 1: Think Big. Read back over your piece and then reflect: What is this about? [...]

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Letter to a Young Writer

by admin on August 6, 2014

Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet offers some of the most eloquent and moving advice ever written for the creative spirit. Rilke was, in fact, writing to Franz Kappus, a 19 year old poet about to enter the German military. His advice, oft quoted, included gems like this: “You are so young, so much before [...]

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The 3 Stages of Creation

by admin on June 30, 2014

Robert Fritz, the developer of TECHNOLOGIES FOR CREATING®, talks of the three stages of creation. The first is germination. This is often a supremely energetic stage, filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and even a sense of power. This is a vital stage, but as Fritz argues, if you want to be a creator, you need to [...]

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This week, I’m going to ask you to listen to a writing meditation and exercise designed to help you get clear about the consequences of writing–or not writing–your book. So settle down somewhere quiet and comfortable, your journal and pen in hand, and get ready to do some exploring. The entire exercise can be done [...]

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Writing with power often begins by asking ourselves a series of questions–– What do I know to be true? What makes me angry or makes me cry? What excites my passion or curiosity? What do I want to change or to celebrate? What legacy do I want to leave to the world? When we tap [...]

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Write Your Book in Short, Brave Bursts

by admin on May 4, 2014

We’re busy, overwhelmed, and work too hard, so how do we find the time to write our books? The first thing is not to set yourself up for failure by thinking you need a week away or have to leave your job and take a cabin in the woods to get started. I’ve noticed that [...]

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