One writing practice I did keep up in the last year was a weekly email to a friend. We had started writing every Sunday as a check-in, accountability email, and understanding the power of gratitude; we always ended each email with a short (3-5 item) gratitude list for that week. If I review the 52… Continue reading writing in gratitude
There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk. And that is my answer, when people ask me: Why do you write about hunger, and not wars or love?” M.F.K. Fisher in ‘The Gastronomical Me’ I opened my first restaurant when I was eight in my parents kitchen.… Continue reading Firecakes and monkey bread
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. James Michener This is another post about flat writing. Why? Because so many writers fail to add depth to their writing, it sits on the page with some nice details, a lot of adjectives, but no feeling. Try… Continue reading Writing With Emotion
“When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do — well, that’s Memoirs.” Will Rogers I’ve been engrossed with Natalie Goldberg’s memoir writing book this week. I used to think memoir was only something written when you are old and retired, thinking back… Continue reading On Memoir
I just finished my first collage for this packet work. When it was finished to my surprise I had another idea for a poem. In my relaxed state of cutting paper, arranging colors, words and pictures I let go of my anxiety. When facing a creative block or feeling stressed about your writing the urge… Continue reading Collage to Inspire, Reduce Anxiety and Have Fun
Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it’s so hurtful to think about writing. Heather Armstrong, Keynote Speech, 2006Heather Armstrong’s Blog. As I’ve said before, if I don’t write my post in the morning I find it painful and difficult to write past 3:00 in the afternoon. I’ve found… Continue reading Just Keep Writing
“There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn’t believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavor, size and cheapness were the themes of universal admiration. Eded out by apple-sauce and mashed potatoes, it was a sufficient dinner for the whole family; indeed, as Mrs. Cratchit said with great delight… Continue reading Steeped in Sage and Onion
Rule one of reading other people’s stories is that whenever you say ‘well that’s not convincing’ the author tells you that’s the bit that wasn’t made up. This is because real life is under no obligation to be convincing.Neil Gaiman I have met many characters in my years of restaurant work…some I have tried weaving… Continue reading Are Your Characters Too Real?
Writing is like walking in a deserted street. Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie.John le Carre I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top. ~English Professor (Name Unknown), Ohio University Three rejections… Continue reading Cracking the pie crust secret code
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. – Cyril Connorly I think many writers fall into this mindset when faced with fear or insecurity. Their writing is not good enough, they’ll never be published, they can’t make money at this unless they write… Continue reading Who Are You Writing For?