It’s spontaneous, baby!: Writing that changes you

When someone asks me what I do I often have a hard time saying what that is. Well, that's not exactly true -- I can tell you aaaall about it if you're ready to settle in for a chat. My work, the type of writing workshops I facilitate, as I've written about before, cannot be … Continue reading It’s spontaneous, baby!: Writing that changes you

A Path to Publication, pt 15: An editor is your friend

I try to shake loose my mind, so something fresh can fall out… This process acts like a sifter—sand falls through and bright nuggets come to light. –Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning In my last post I wrote about the struggle I was having with a particular essay. Every tweak made it seem even more … Continue reading A Path to Publication, pt 15: An editor is your friend

Tolerating Fear

This is a recycled post from a couple of years ago. With summer in full , hot swing, the kids are home most days of the week leaving me very little chance to write (the beach and my laptop aren't great friends). I am yearning to write but when I do have a moment I … Continue reading Tolerating Fear

Quoting Natalie: Getting close to our genuine self

Writing is about getting close to our genuine self and the authentic way we see. - Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning When I a junior in high school my journal was a chunky spiral-bound notebook with '1988' written in big black bubble letters on the cover. I don't recall much of what I wrote but … Continue reading Quoting Natalie: Getting close to our genuine self

Quoting Natalie: Tolerating fear

"First recognize that you're afraid and slowly build your tolerance for fear... ... You may still feel it, but you become willing to bear it as you write. You keep your hand moving, you stay there, you move closer and closer to the edge of what scares you." - Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning I … Continue reading Quoting Natalie: Tolerating fear

Quoting Natalie: Shake loose your mind

I try to shake loose my mind, so something fresh can fall out... This process acts like a sifter - sand falls through and bright nuggets come to light. --Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning Writing for creativity While Natalie talks about "writing practice" in her book Thunder and Lightning (as she did in Writing Down … Continue reading Quoting Natalie: Shake loose your mind

Jour du Journal: Envisioning

Welcome to the first Journal-Write Wednesday! If you have read any of my blog, j. lucy muses you will know that I am all about dreaming and envisioning what you want out of your life - manifesting your future. Christina Baldwin writes in Life's Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest, Before we can do … Continue reading Jour du Journal: Envisioning