A fine soft beautiful day

Sunday 27th December 1801 A fine soft beautiful, mild day with gleams of sunshine. I lay in bed till 12 o clock, Mr Clarkson’s man came, we wrote to him…Dorothy Wordsworth The Grasmere Journals I’ve kept a journal for more than 20 years. Some entries read like Wordsworth’s, simple observations of the weather, the garden and… Continue reading A fine soft beautiful day

7 Ways to Keep The Passion for the Writing Life

Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death – fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant. ~Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic, 1963 Writers who feel a passion for writing might consider writing their constant companion. And with every relationship there… Continue reading 7 Ways to Keep The Passion for the Writing Life

Excavating Memories

“It’s surprising how much of memory is built around things unnoticed at the time”Barbara Kingsolver Since I’m working on journaling this semester I’ve been getting up the last two days and writing journal entries, similar to Julia Cameron’s morning pages. I’m already surprised what is coming up in just the last two days, with this… Continue reading Excavating Memories

The Art of Journaling

Journal writing is a voyage to the interior. Christina Baldwin I’ve been journaling most of my adult life collecting quotes, overheard conversations, poetry starts, words I like, bits of sentences, books to read, movies to watch, directions to a restaurant I might like to try in a new city I may or may not ever… Continue reading The Art of Journaling

Patience and Perseverance

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. John Quincy Adams It’s hard to be patient in our instant gratification nation. Yet when it comes to creative writing patience and perseverance are key. For most writers it takes years to develop a daily writing practice, establish a writing schedule… Continue reading Patience and Perseverance

5 Ways to Face Down Rejection

I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat.” Sylvester Stallone I don’t have any statistics on creative writing rejections. I do know that many best-selling authors often boast of how many rejections they received before they got their first work published. And… Continue reading 5 Ways to Face Down Rejection