When troubled for things to do, read. When down or stuck or bored, read. To hone your articulation, read. To sharpen the thoughts in your mind, read. Before and after editing, read. Instead of automatically checking Facebook, read. To sober up, read. To get drunk, read. I say this not to make you a better… Continue reading Yo, Whatcha Readin’?
Maybe I should write, too. I coach clients to become better wordsmiths, storytellers, listeners, writers. I tell them to bleed onto the page, hold nothing but your passive voice back; make me care and think and bleed, too. Words punctual as divine timing. I do this, and I wonder if it’s some past life prayer… Continue reading Thoughts, post-beer, after shedding some wardrobe.
This was an article I wrote for Confabule.com August 12, 2013. Content for Confabule.com no longer exists; however, I felt this content was valuable. So here you go, WordPress readers, writers, aspirants. Don’t follow their lead. 11 Rookie Mistakes from Authors who Know Better. Aspiring novelists: read closely. Anyone in the ‘biz for two… Continue reading Republishing: 11 Rookie Mistakes from Authors Who Now Know Better
When trying to be cute and unexpected ends up with you calling your boyfriend “daughter.” Yep. (See picture to the right). I thought “chorri” meant bird in Nepali, his native tongue. Bird is what we call each other. Sometimes bug. Sometimes tree. Whatever flies out of our mouths. But, daughter? That’s not in my league of… Continue reading The Time I called my Boyfriend “Daughter”
Many of my clients are professional consultants, healers, pioneer parents, leaders in their field of mastery… ….and first-timers in the arena of writing. It’s not a scary thing. It requires no degree or experience in publication, although sometimes those things are helpful. Did you know that Ray Bradbury never went to college? Same goes for Argentinian writer,… Continue reading First-Time Writers: How to Master Your Craft
I never bought into the idea that reading was an escape. Sure, you go somewhere and visit with new characters, get “lost” in worlds and made-up dramas. But ultimately (as all things do) it just brings you closer to yourself. True escapism, in my book, would be reading for the sake of falling into a coma:… Continue reading Reading as Awareness, not Escape: an aside.
Tip #2. When self-editing, your Strikethrough key loves vague language. Example: A) “I was completely obsessed with Nick.” (Mmk, common enough…we know this person is obsessed, but what does obsession look like? Strikeout that previous sentence and then ask, How can we say this more dramatically, with language the evokes, excites, stirs? Raise some brows, my dears…)… Continue reading Self-Editing Tip 2: Strike Through Vague Language! (With Writing Prompts)