A Garden in Winter

As the new year rolls in, I find myself on a threshold where expectations, sparks of ideas, and new writing meet. Many fellow writers seem to be here now. Each in our own way, we're venturing out. We're longing to honor our writing selves. We sense that there is writing nearby that may lead us toward the heart of our voices. But this work can feel murky, and it doesn't always play nice with other people's expectations. I've been tussling with that, and along the way, this reflection came through. I recorded it to share with others, as creative grounding for the new year.

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But what can writing do?

In the wake of Charlottesville, in the wake of more homegrown terrorism, in the wake of more threats making their way across the screens of the world... I say again: for my part of the world, in the space I hold at Voice & Vessel, there is no room for fear-making, violence, and racism. On a personal level and on a creative level, I am asking again: what can writing do now? What's the social compact between a writer and their world? I've arrived at five promises so far that I'm sharing as emerging thoughts... What promises does your writing practice help you make with the world outside the page?

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