I Get to Write Today

I Get to Write Today

I Get to Write Today Over brunch, they said to me, “Well, but that’s you. You have discipline. I’m not like that. It’s hard to write all the time.” I felt that word. “Discipline.” I didn’t like how that word landed in my body. Never do, actually. Too much Calvinism in...
Enlist Your Imaginary Friends

Enlist Your Imaginary Friends

Enlist Your Imaginary Friends When you’re feeling up against it with a creative project and have no fresh ideas to work with, try these approaches to #becomingunstuck. Invent a close writerly friend. Give this friend a name and form a picture in your mind. Is your...
My Mortality Makes Me Want to Write

My Mortality Makes Me Want to Write

My Mortality Makes Me Want to Write The newspaper tells me I’m going to kick the bucket in 2040. Based on my age, sex, and zip code, with the recent (lowered) life expectancies in this country, that’s my sentence. As I first read this result, multiple objections...
What Makes a Book Successful?

What Makes a Book Successful?

What Makes a Book Successful? As they do for many children, books gave me a means of escape: reading was (still is) the best kind of dissociation. From the time I learned to read, I was eager to give myself and my reality over to an author, many of them dead, whose...
Take Back Your Energy with a Question

Take Back Your Energy with a Question

Take Back Your Energy with a Question You know that feeling when you are powering away on a creative project and then notice that you’ve stopped, seemingly against your will? It’s as though all the energy that was streaming through you just dissipated. Why does...