November 25, 2015

This morning I pulled my (as I once called it) 'magic writing shawl' out of the closet. It's from a time when I would sit on the floor to write, snuggled in the corner, happiest when I could nearly fully enclose myself with walls on two sides, a wall of books (inspirta...

April 20, 2014

For the past month I've been working on a project that terrifies me.


Which means, of course, I haven't really started it.


It's an idea I've had for two - or maybe it's three years now. I think I'd half-convinced myself I never would write it.


And then, spurred by some...

April 6, 2014

I saw this time lapse video by Jean-Michel, Timelapse: une araignée tisse sa toile, via BrainPickings several weeks ago and have been meaning to post about it ever since.


It seemed, when I watched it, such a perfect metaphor for my process when I enter the drafting sta...

June 13, 2013

Today marks my second weekly intensive writing day since all of The Maple Leaves madness started a few months ago.


You could say that I had my share of intensive writing days as I prepped for the show – the process of which I blogged about on our show blog rather than...

February 7, 2013

Okay, Self, you had problems with this yesterday, so we better review it now.


1. Pour water into the kettle.
2. (And I think this is where you went wrong yesterday) Turn the kettle on.
3. Check the water has boiled – which should be apparent from the steam rising out t...

January 15, 2013

According to Cambridge Dictionaries Online, stuck means:


“unable to move, or fixed in a particular position, place or way of thinking”

“in a difficult situation, or unable to change or get away from a situation”

“not able to continue reading, answering questions, et...

January 10, 2013

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolution. Half-a-dozen times – or maybe even less – I’ve committed to something for the New Year, but always because I felt I should, I felt it was the thing you had to do, not because I really wanted do.

And wanting, that makes all the diff...

June 25, 2012

For weeks I’ve been struggling with the point of view of my current short story. For a Story is a State of Mind exercise, I chose a first person central point of view, but that exercise has blossomed into an unruly narrative with over 8,000 words of freewriting that I’...

June 18, 2012

I’ve been reading Dorothy Brande’s Becoming a Writer as part of my weekly craft reading.  In his introduction to the text, John Gardner writes that the problems facing new writers haven’t changed much from 1934 (when the volume was first published) to today.  There are...

April 16, 2012

I just finished The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp.  I’ve been reading it since late December. It started as a way of trying to go back to basics and establish a more positive routine.  


And though it’s been helpful in that regard and routine is the foundation of m...

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