I can't remember why branding myself with a reader-friendly, easily pronounceable name seemed important. This past year, while living and learning among an intentional community of like-minded, kind-hearted people I discovered that there is one thing I must bring to the community, and thereby to the world, that fulfills my life's (and my writing's) purpose--Authenticity.… Continue reading Trashing My Brand: in rejection of the insane trend toward the monetization of everything
"Memoirs are just one form of word delivery. It’s all inquiry, expression, a search to connect. To honestly recognize our mortal selves in others." Marc Nieson (Schoolhouse) A few weeks ago I thought Steven Petite was spot-on in explaining that the distinction between genre and literary fiction is based on the kind of experience the reader… Continue reading On Blurring Genres and Other Divides
It's been 16 months --almost the duration of two full-term-pregnancies--since I left the blogosphere. It's been an Beyond the Looking Glass wild kind of adventure. Please forgive my mysterious non-disclosure about the details behind my disappearance. I'm keeping them quiet for 2 reasons: It's too freshly painful to recount sensibly and sensitively--memoir needs a lens of distance to achieve objectivity; And more… Continue reading Hello world, I’m back; I’ve changed.
I've made the decision to cast myself in the role of a hero, to cross the threshold into a new adventure.
A helpful summary of Jane Friedman's 5 Philosophies of social media for writers.
I am pleased and privileged to introduce you to one of my new favorite authors, Shirley Hershey Showalter. I encourage you to read her memoir Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, to gain insight into the Mennonite culture and the values it instills in its members-- generosity, kindness, empathy and a commitment to living well… Continue reading Meet Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World
Not only is Richard Gilbert an accomplished writer (author of Shepherd: a memoir) and a writing instructor (at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio), he also publishes a blog which can help you learn to write better. Intermediate and advanced writers of creative non-fiction can learn to write more engaging, thoughtful, readable prose by subscribing to, Richard's instructive blog for writers… Continue reading Meet Richard Gilbert, author of Shepherd: a Memoir
Want to know what it takes to become a writer? Ask a writer. Everything I know about writing, I learned from writers. Everything. During the next few months, I'm going to introduce you to four writers who blog about their writing life and share their journey toward becoming a writer. Today I'm introducing Sherry Mathews. Sherri has worked… Continue reading Becoming a Writer: Introducing Sherri Matthews
Being writers is what people are; becoming published is what writers achieve when someone believes they have something to say. Publication validates you. It says someone thinks: your writing is understandable; your writing is interesting, and therefore your writing is publishable. Being published means you get to take on the ridiculously impossible challenge the privilege of writing for strangers who don't really care about you. Readers are busy people. They… Continue reading Becoming a writer: finding something to say
Becoming a writer is like becoming who you are meant to be. It’s uniquely personal. No two lives, and no two writer’s journeys are the same. Here's what my journey toward becoming a writer has looked like so far: Throughout my book-wormish childhood and adolescence, I kept picking up pen and paper, writing stories, poems,… Continue reading Becoming a Writer