A Writer’s Life


16 Quotes to Inspire Your Writing in 2016 4

I compiled these inspirational quotes, mostly from writers, to give you something to think about as you start your new writing year. Feel free to print this post and place it somewhere you can see it to remind you to believe in yourself. (1) Those who don’t believe in magic will […]


A Thanking We Will Go 5

EVERY DAY, I wake thankful for all that I have and the life I am fortunate enough to lead. Though I am not wealthy by U.S. standards, compared to the vast majority of people in this world, I am rich beyond imagining. I live in a relatively spacious, well-roofed home that […]


Domestic Violence: A Personal View 10

OCTOBER is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Last October, I wrote about domestic violence and offered some journaling and memoir writing prompts to help confront the subject head on. But I wrote as someone on the outside looking in. Someone looking on with concern and compassion. Someone who had not personally experienced […]


Calling on Your Inner Muse 1

INSPIRATION. Creativity. Ideas. They’re coming fast and furious; you can hardly keep up. Your muse is whispering in your ear, and you are in love. With writing. With creating. With life. Sound familiar? It should, as it’s the mythology of creativity we’ve all grown up knowing about: an image of […]


When Life Gets in the Way of Writing 18

I AM THE QUEEN OF “WRITE EVERY DAY,” “just do it,” “show up and write,”and “just put your seat in the chair.” I am a fan of daily journaling, no matter how brief the writing session. But even I have to admit that there are times when Life, with a capital L, […]


A Writer’s Life: Meditations On Aging 9

I think I’ve figured out why old people talk so much about their aches and pains and bodily functions. It’s because, no matter how long they’ve been dealing with those aches and pains, they’re surprised by the effects aging has on their bodies. I’ve come to this conclusion because I, too, […]


Why Research is Important to Your Memoir 12

AS ANYONE WHO HAS WRITTEN ABOUT MEMOIR KNOWS, memoirs are much more than memories put to paper. And they are more than journalistically written true stories. Memoirs are comprised of two important elements: scene (narrative) and reflection. Without reflection, you do not have a memoir — you have a vignette or […]


Making a Habit of Writing 11

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ― Ernest Hemingway Most of us have read or heard this Hemingway quote before, in which the famous author eloquently distills the difficulty of writing well. But there’s a key part of this quote that we tend […]