Welcome to pages devoted to starting, deepening and exploring your own writing practice. Learn how to get yourself going and to keep going at Getting Started. Please also read my suggested Writing Groundrules, which are designed to give you enough structure and support so that you can free up your more authentic writing voice. Finally, check out the amazing sayings about the writing life by Kansas native poet William Stafford at Staffordisms. Remember that, to quote Stafford, “Language does what it can’t say” and “Treat the world as if it really existed.”
Essays About Writing and the Writing Life
- Swimming in a Big Pool of Words: The Power of Community Writing Workshops
- Write from the Earth
- Wreckage, Wonder & Ways Through the Impossible (an essay on the writing life in seven parts): The Writer As Child, The Writer as Mother, “What Falls Away is Always. And is Near”, You Can and Actually Have to Go Home Again, The Writer as Witness, An Occasion for the Writer, Jubilee.
- Writing About Real People: The Ethics of the Good, The Bad, and the Ugly in SheWrites.com
- Armchair Booktours: Getting Yourself Out There Without Leaving Home in SheWrites.com
- When To Go On Tour On Your Own Dime (and When To Stay Home With a Good Book) in SheWrites.com
- Opening Up Your Life: Fictionalizing Real Life in SheWrites.com
- More on The Writing Life in the blog, including posts on writing, publishing, touring, readings, and resilience.