Taking a Break from Blogging

Since I launched my blog in March I’ve posted three times a week. Now I’m going to take a break from posting until early 2014. If you have questions or would like to schedule coaching services, please get in touch.

How to Get Your Book Written

You have lots of ideas about how to proceed, and by tapping your own wisdom, you can create your own plan for developing and completing your book.

Quote of the Week

“Let us simmer over our incalculable cauldron, our enthralling confusion, our hotch-potch of impulses, our perpetual miracle.”—Virginia Woolf

Staring Down the Challenges of Writing

Paul Auster reflects on the writing of his latest novel. There’s lots of wisdom in this brief video.

Tapping a Deep Reservoir for Writing

Here’s what I learned from hearing Gail Tsukiyama, award-winning author of seven novels, in conversation with the legendary Dorothy Allison at an intimate Hedgebrook event in San Francisco last week.

Quote of the Week

“What you want to do is write the best book you can write. There is no timeline to that. Do the best you can do with what you have. Get rid of the timeline.”—Gail Tsukiyama

Writing a Single Second

Artist Cesar Kuriyama spent a year videotaping one second every day. What if we started a One Second Every Day journal and filled it with sense impressions?

Working a Scene a Day

So it’s official. I’m going to spend a month—probably November—writing a scene or two a week, maybe every day. If you want to join me, here are some resources to help us get started.

Quote of the Week

“Find the entry point that will hold up … and the voice that will sustain the work.”—Dorothy Allison

A Brilliant Idea from Inky Girl

Plotting a novel? Check out this fun advice from cartoonist Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

Play with Paints

This exercise can help you experience your creative energy in a new way. The process of writing can be as fluid as the process of painting.

Quote of the Week

“If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.”—Isadora Duncan

The Art of Getting Lost

Wander, observe, and discover your city with this guide to the art of getting lost.

The Writing Journey

In a recent post I compared the writing process to climbing a mountain. Now that I’ve just returned from the longest and the first international trip I’ve ever taken, I can compare the writing process to making a journey.

Quote of the Week

“I was terrified by this idea that I would lose the ability to enjoy and appreciate the sunset without having my camera on me, without tweeting it to my friends. It felt like technology should enable magic, not kill it.”—Shilo Shiv Suleman

Slowing Down Time

Want to create 3-D characters and scenes? Slow down time!

Channels of Experience

Developing your sense awareness can help you write more engaging descriptions, images, and characters. This meditation and writing exercise can help you explore and deepen your channels of experience.

Quote of the Week

I’m a method writer. In order to write about the emotion, I have to experience it. I get physically tired and exhausted, devoting hours and hours and hours to it.—Sherman Alexie

Tis the Season to Submit

If you’d like to have your work considered for publication in literary journals, now is a good time to send your pieces out. Here are some resources to help you get started.

Mandala Meditations

Using a mandala as a meditative practice can help you focus inwardly and center yourself more fully in your writing.

Quote of the Week

“We have always been the storytellers, we are the mothers after all, the ones who speak the cultural narrative.”—Ellen McLaughlin

Stretching the Sense of Sound

These two videos may change your ideas about the sense of sound. What can we really hear? Let’s go far out and far into two unusual soundscapes.

Present Sense Awareness

This exercise brings together meditation and writing suggestions designed to help you heighten your awareness of the things you see, smell, taste, hear, and feel.

Quote of the Week

“You can tell someone is beautiful by the attention you give to description. You should give that kind of love to everything you describe.”—Janet Fitch

Getting the Story Straight

Sometimes, to get the facts that we need to tell our stories with accurate and compelling details, we need to go offline. A new guide by Marlene Samuels explores essential reference books for serious writers.