Image by Dariusz Sankowski The first thing you should do is have a baby (or get a puppy). You need some sort of really obvious distraction so as not to realize it's actually just you procrastinating all those days, hours, minutes. A baby offers ample distraction 24/7 so that when you get to your desk … Continue reading How to Write a Book
In the new year we reflect on our goals. It's a time when we consider what we might set in motion, complete, or resurrect as writers. It's time when I am reminded of a simple word that feels all-powerful: begin. Now is the time to hone your practice and find your seat at the table, … Continue reading Write With Me
Leaf Summer arrives in the North like a dream. Exuberant, joyous, freeing. One thing I love about my summer is watching my sons run wild. Bedtime is extended, the outdoors becomes a roving playground, and I see their swift transformation into wilder versions of themselves. They find a freedom in the unscheduled hours we occupy. … Continue reading Summer Writing Practice
I'm filled with it. It's a tension in my spine. A desire to pummel. I sick echo in the belly. A longing to turn away. A desperate sadness that women are dehumanized, that my body is not considered my own in this country.
It's that time of year. Time for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference and this year it's in Portland, Oregon. Come see me talk about writing and find out what the game Neon Daycare, which I played with my sisters and cousins as a young girl, has to do with writing. Saturday 1:30 … Continue reading See you at AWP in Portland