If We Were Having Coffee

Monday, March 4, 2019 If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today I didn’t go to work because school was cancelled. I went to Starbucks to buy myself a cup of coffee and a sausage, egg, and cheddar sandwich. I rarely go to Starbucks.  Before I went out, I brushed off snow […]

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A Weekend Without Music

Saturday, March 2, 2019 I’ve been feeling like writing all day, and now that I’m in front of the screen, I don’t want to write anymore.  This weekend, my goal was to try to better listen to myself. (My most recent lesson on not listening to myself came from a tiredness that wasn’t normal. I’d […]

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To Become an Expert One Must First

Friday, March 1, 2019 My morning at school started with music. One of my students wanted me to listen to a song she’d composed on a music website. I let her play it because she’d actually wanted to show me the song a week ago or so. I’d told her I was busy grading and […]

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3 Writerly Things I Notice

#1. Writing in Movies  The other day I was watching a romance movie that you could say had nothing to do with writing. As always, I tend to find the writerly things in movies. In the movie, a woman gets a heart transplant. A year later, she sends a letter of thanks to the family […]

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3 Lessons from Reading Old Journals

#1. Every cliche phrase about time is true such as it’s only a matter of time and time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters. There used to be a time when I rode the city bus, so I taped my bus tickets inside my notebooks. Coworkers would also give me rides, and […]

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The Four Different Ways that I Journal

I once judged the actress Emma Watson for having what seemed to me like a bazillion journals to document her life. I wondered: why do you need so many journals to document the same life? Today I find myself admitting that I have several journals that serve different purposes. I now see the benefit in […]

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The Unfinished Manuscript

What motivates you to keep working on an unfinished manuscript? Do you have an unfinished manuscript that you come back to every now and then? Well, I’m here to tell you that you should keep working on it if that’s what you needed to hear.

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The Lesson That Took 8 Years to Learn

How many times have I walked on the path of this park? The grass has gone from green to yellow and from yellow to green so many times that sometimes I see green grass and dandelions in December. Did I see kites on the sky last spring or have I seen them every year? I’ve […]

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When You Don’t Believe in Yourself

Whether you believe in yourself or not, and whether or not you believe in your dreams, wasn’t there a time when you needed a little nudge? Maybe a coworker or an uncle or a stranger told you what you needed to hear. Maybe they helped you by doing something for you that you didn’t expect […]

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How to Find Inspiration to Write

1. Inspiration From the Book You’re Reading What qualities do you admire about the book you’re currently reading? Do you admire the writer’s sense of world building? Their sense of humor or psychological loops and twists? George Orwell’s 1984 has a great example of world building. From the first page, you get this eerie feeling […]

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