Conscious writing

What’s Your Writing Word for 2017?

Some years ago I ditched New Year’s resolutions, which felt more like giving up something for Lent—i.e., depriving myself of something I wanted—than evolving myself into the person I wanted to become. In place of making a resolution, I began choosing a “word of the year,” a strategy I learned from then singer-songwriter Christine Kane. […]

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The VIDA Count: Lifting Women’s Voices

Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie     VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts is an organization that works for gender parity and justice for women writers. […]

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Write a 5-Sentence Mini Memoir

I’ve “found” my voice, then, just where it ought to have been, in the body-warmed breath escaping my lungs and throat. Nancy Mairs   One of my mentoring clients mentioned recently that a writing teacher once told her 90 percent of writing comes down to “butt in chair.”   True, your butt has to be […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Love Your Writing Self

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot […]

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Writing Truth: On Becoming a Conscious, Fear-Savvy Writer

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. Pema Chödrön   Last week one of my new Transform Your Writing/Transform Your Life™ one-on-one clients wrote me an email in response to the 6-month mentorship schedule I’d just sent her. Uh, oh: she felt like she might @#$$ her pants, she said, and […]

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