Tag Archives: the writing life

When She Looked Up

One of the most valuable books I’ve read about writing is A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves. It’s a compilation of advice, stories, anecdotes, and prompts-365 of them. I’ve been using those prompts for practice, and  lately I’ve … Continue reading

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What about a Family History?

I have won a few teaching awards in my day. Not bragging, just leading up to something. One time was especially awesome because not only was the honor a big surprise but also because family members were there hiding in … Continue reading

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Room Without A View

It’s quiet. Except for the steady hum of the heating unit, the only sounds I hear are the tweets of the birds outside the dining room window and the occasional car engine. It’s daylight, but I know that because of … Continue reading

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Bananas Come in Bunches

Anne Lamott says that perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, and I think she’s right. If a person waited until her writing was absolutely positively flawless, she’d never attempt anything. She’d sit in favorite comfy chair and think “one … Continue reading

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