Writing Intention

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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On Patience: Writing, Radiation, and Roses

This past March, while at AWP’s annual writing conference, I received confirmation that the tumor removed from my left breast two weeks prior was in fact cancerous. The cells were early stage and noninvasive, but the surgery had not yielded a clean margin. A month ago I had a second surgery to excise the residual […]

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Why Set a Writing Intention?

I sometimes wonder how many women writers aren’t writing because the inner critic—that blatherer Virginia Woolf dubbed the Angel in the House—has been chattering on autopilot for so long its judgments drown out the writer and her voice. One insidious problem with the inner critic is that it’s been our default setting for so long […]

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