Do you doubt? I do

I never considered myself to be someone who has a problem being vulnerable. After all, I put myself out there every day—as an editor, a speaker, a teacher, a birth doula, a parent. But my self-conception may be, like most people’s, somewhat inaccurate. This becomes evident as I count down to the release of my... Continue Reading →

Talk to your inner chicken

Four writers sat around a table, commiserating. “I write a lot about what I’m going to write. I have pages and pages of notes.” “I have so many ideas… but I just can’t get started.” “The story I end up writing is never as good as the one I imagined.” “I get so antsy when... Continue Reading →

My top 12 for 2017

Everywhere you turn this time of year you find a top this-or-that list: books, movies, political disasters. I wasn't thinking about lists or the new year when I sat down a few days ago for my morning writing session. What emerged was a contemplation, in the form of a list, of why I pursue the... Continue Reading →

Carry it home with you

Less than a week has passed since I returned from the Sonoma County Writers Camp, organized by two amazing writing teachers—Ellen Sussman and Elizabeth Stark—with an appearance by Angie Powers and panels of writers and agents. It was held at an equally mind-blowing location: The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in Occidental, California. While there,... Continue Reading →

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