The Writing Life
As a freelance writer who is chasing my dream of being a published author, I like to share information, tips, and writing inspiration that can help others trying to do the same. This is also where I will share my words as I am working on ideas.
Four-Thirty On my way home the day he died I stopped at the store. Or the gas station, or the bank, I don’t remember now. The street corner, I remember, but I forget the business. I closed my car door, and glanced at my watch – 4:30 p.m. I wouldn’t make it home in time. […]
DIRT Beneath my Boychild’s fingernails, there is a trace of earth. Not quite enough to grow a seed, but it’s related. My manicure is also wrecked due to my love of dirt. I do have garden gloves somewhere, but I’m lazy.
QUIET There’s a kind of quiet unlike the quiet of a city. Not known by all, and not even remembered by most who knew it, until they return to it again. A city can be quiet, in its way, at night. Dogs asleep. Cars parked, and crickets sing louder than the hum of electricity. Walking […]
Today’s poem is a haiku. BURN Sparks fly from the urn. Smoke rising, carries soul words; TCOYOS night ends.
feet, bare and winter-dry, meet the mat. good morning. thighs, cold and stiff, cannot forget the herb garden. arms, stretched and open, palms face up to hold the sun. heart, quiet and focused, open wide. namaste.
Ann Patchett writes books I love to read, due in large part to the rich texture and sense of place they contain. She uses a lot of words to create the images of the scenery, the environment, the neighborhood, the people… “costuming”, as she referred to it. When I write, I find that those things […]
I picked up a little green book at the bookstore yesterday, called Brave Enough. Maybe you’ve read it? It’s author is one of my favorites – Cheryl Strayed. She is one of those unique souls who, without meaning to, speaks words that touch hearts and minds of thousands of people. Those people have a special […]
Sometimes, it feels like everyone I follow online is an expert in being productive, staying focused, making the most of my writing time, and making sure that I am hustling to be the most effective, efficient parent/writer/wife/friend I can be. It’s exhausting to be constantly worried that I am not productive enough, focused enough, parenting […]
There are a lot of people out there who want to be writers. Actually, they want to be Writers, with a capital “W”. There are forums and blog posts and endless online (and offline) debates about what constitutes a Writer vs. a writer… how many hours spent making words, can bloggers use the title, are […]
This week has seen a definite unclogging of the word drain in my writing, and I’m super-excited. So excited, in fact, that I used the word “super” and even hyphenated it. Don’t judge. I’m currently working on three distinct pieces – one, a novel, is stewing on the back burner at the moment. Two others […]