The Process

In the Woods

In the Woods

For years, I have dreamed of taking the time for a writer’s residency where I just parked myself somewhere still, ignored my responsibilities, and wrote for a while. But the timing was never quite right and my teaching schedule really limited my ability to do it. But, then, this past fall, I attended the Innovation […]

Sprout something (and other creativity boosters)

Sprout something (and other creativity boosters)

A confluence of events has me thinking a lot about creativity these days.  Just a couple weeks ago, I submitted a book proposal to a publisher (all body parts crossed!) and as I was writing the proposal and its sample chapters, I was reminded about the intricacies of my own creative process.  In just a […]

Immerse Yourself

Immerse Yourself

The first college level course I taught was a seminar on the creative process.  I LOVED teaching this class– looking at the theories behind the creative process while practicing their impact with our own creativity.  I try really hard to come up with creative assignments as an educator, but the most creative assignments I’ve ever […]

Guest Post: How to Build Confidence in Your Writing

Guest Post: How to Build Confidence in Your Writing

So, one of my favorite writers is Jodi Helmer.  She’s prolific (she finished writing book 4 this fall and is wrapping book 5 right now– all while having a steady freelance and coaching business).  She gets paid to do some interesting things (she just returned from Bermuda!).  And she really knows the writing business.  Because […]

Writing Your Life

Writing Your Life

I am so excited to be doing a workshop in March at The Farm at Weather’s Creek. The Farm:  The Farm at Weathers Creek is located in Iredell County, North Carolina, wedged between two creeks -Winthrow from the south and Weathers from the  north-west.  We grow food to eat and use only sustainable methods in maintaining […]

The Weekly Spark: Get Productive

The Weekly Spark: Get Productive

Productivity.  It is the difference between getting into the zone with your passion and purpose and wishing you were in the zone.  You can find what it is you love to and are meant to do, you can find a way to live that mission in your life, but if you don’t find a way […]

Friday Reflections

Friday Reflections

Friday Reflections is all about reflecting on the week by observing our senses.  My hope is that this will be a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing and what we are experiencing weekly when journaling in general can feel so daunting. Now, for this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as […]

Friday Reflections

Friday Reflections

A workshop that I lead has a tagline of “because reflection matters.”  Indeed, I think that knowing what’s on your mind and in your heart can be one of the most transcendent things.  It is in building your self-awareness that you can build your self-knowledge and embrace self-acceptance.  When you become the person who knows […]

peeking under the hood

peeking under the hood

So, the other day I ran into a woman who had recently moved back to town after some years away.  When she last lived here, I had been freelancing and writing books full-time. “What are you up to,” she asked. “Oh, just parenting and work,” I answer. “So what is work now?” She followed-up. This […]

Making time for a time margin

Making time for a time margin

This semester, I am fortunate to be partnered through a mentoring program with a thoughtful, funny college senior who is interested in writing.  I find in these programs that the mentoring relationship is really two-way (or maybe even skewed a little bit more my way as in I get a bit more mentoring out of […]