Before I went to grad school to get my MFA in Creative Writing, I had a love of the written word.
I loved poetry and I loved myths and folktales. Strangle little tales were gems to me. I loved proverbs and wisdom stories.
They felt to me like spaces I … Read more
I like to write in such a way that I am aware of the earth beneath me.
I like to feel the richness and groundedness of the body and all that is below.
It’s not something I focus on in a way that pulls my attention from my writing, but … Read more
So much good advice has fallen into tired phrases and cliches. We share proverbs and anecdotes with good intentions, yet they erode with overuse.
It’s something to ponder: You can hear the most profound wisdom, but unless you are disposed to truly receive it for what it is, you might … Read more
Let’s say you want to write an essay.
So you freewrite for twenty minutes, then you look back at what you have written, and you discover that it’s a rant about something completely unrelated to your essay. There are only a couple of sentences that pertain to your essay.
What … Read more
Writing brings immense highs and lows. This is true over the course of a writer’s career and even over the course of a single writing marathon. When you sit and write for two or more hours, there may be times when you feel fantastic and times when you feel completely … Read more
I want to welcome you to a different perspective about writing.
Writing is a flow. Writing is an experience.
Yes, writing is a way of making things. Words and sentences add up and before you know it, there’s a book.
The book is the end point. The end point matters. … Read more
- The right way to write.
- The correct way to scribe.
- The archetypal modality of authorship.
A workable answer for the right way to write is illustrated by Gary Snyder’s poem “Riprap.”
I’ll share the poem at the end of this post.
The right way to write is freely.
Freewriting, writing … Read more
Maybe you’ve seen it in other writers. Something about them collapses. No longer interested in writing, they carry a defeated attitude. They seem pessimistic. Their ideas feel heavy and bogged down and even the act of writing is seen as a chore and an obligation.
I’ve been there.
There are … Read more
Most of the learning about freewriting expresses itself as different yang things — active things that you do or focus on or direct your intent towards.
Yet the heart of freewriting is really in the yin of it, the yin being the receptivity and flow of it.
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