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.

Read More

Gatekeepers, Critics, Edges: Why I Avoided Writing Essays for 10 Years

For 10 years, I let two teachers and my inner critic decide that I could not write essays. Last year, I finally faced that edge, only to find there's a place for me in essays after all. I wrote more about it for The Writing Cooperative. If you've abandoned a form of creativity because a gatekeeper or critic stopped you, reconsider. Go back to the tug that drew you to create in the first place. Can you find another way in?

Read More