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Writer’s Block: The Monster Revealed

There is no such thing as writer’s block. It’s a lie. It’s the monster hiding under your bed or lurking in your closet or whispering sour nothings in your head that isn’t really there. Continue reading

Revive Your Writing Workshop: What I Learned

Yesterday, I held the Revive Your Writing! Workshop at c4Yourself Gallery. I’m hoping those of us who became a small community for a couple of hours came away from the day with something good, whether about themselves or their writing. Here’s what I came away with. Writers are generous: In reading aloud the results of our writing … Continue reading

What to Do With One of Those Days

What kind of day will it be? Apparently, one of those days. At three a.m., the dog went off. I leapt from bed to find a (former) hot water heater spewing gallons of water through several rusted-out holes in the top, the result of which was three inches of water in the laundry and dining rooms. I attacked … Continue reading

Value in Writing Prompts?

I love writing prompts (or exercises or timed writings or writing practice, if you prefer). There’s great value in allowing yourself the freedom to follow your thoughts and the words appearing before you on the page as you write based on the prompt. The value, beyond the fun of creating something new, exercises can also be … Continue reading

Revive Your Writing! Workshop

When: Saturday, April 16   9:30 -11:30 a.m. Where: C4Yourself Gallery, 1342 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202        Whether you write daily in a journal, have published your writing, or just know you have always wanted to write, on Saturday, April 16, 2011 this two-hour workshop can:        Help you get back to, or on with, your current … Continue reading

The Value of Writers’ Workshops

I wonder why many writers don’t attend workshops. The cost? Self-doubt? Lack of commitment? No babysitter? Hard to say. Maybe it’s some combination of all the reasons mentioned above. More likely, each individual has his or her own reasons. I’m not prepared to spend the countless hours required to consider every potential possibility in trying to find the answer. I am … Continue reading

Finding the Rest Room

Busy-ness with business. An apt description of this past week, and next week, and the week after that. Besides my current 40-hour-a-week day job, I’ve been working on an editing job for a new client. It’s taken some time, probably more than I originally thought (which is good; she likes what I’m doing with it … Continue reading

Got Goals?

At the recent Antioch Writers’ Workshop, director Sharon Short asked me about my goals concerning my novel-in-progress. I think my expression was akin to looking at her like she had a bucket full of wombats on her head. I haven’t set goals for the novel, I told her, fighting the urge to hang my head as though I’d … Continue reading

Antioch Writers’ Workshop 2010: Ten Teachings and Tidbits

Yellow Springs, OH: Friday night marked a bittersweet ending to a fabulous (and sometimes frenetic) week of writerly activities at the 25th annual Antioch Writers’ Workshop. This workshop is famous among writing conferences for participants’ access to their always-amazing faculty, and this week was no exception. Attendees connected with, lunched with, and learned from some of … Continue reading

Lost in the Moment(um)

I’ve lost momentum on the book. This has lasted for about a month. I don’t like it (insert lowered eyebrows, frowny face, and tightened lips here). It started with THE MOVE. My novel-writing routine had been established. The plot’s framework was in place. Eight reasonably-tight chapters had been written. Several key characters had appeared. Momentum and … Continue reading