Category Archives: Being a Writer

Perfection in Writing?

Get over yourself. You’re a writer. So write. Need some help getting over a desire for perfection? Self-doubt, seen in an obsession to perfect your prose in fears of being exposed as an unworthy imposter (we’ve all felt that, right?), can be debilitating. Here are some tips from great writers that have proved helpful to […]

October Hodgepodge 2013

Here are a few thoughts (about creativity and the writing process) to savor: ”Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.” – Madeleine L’Engle “You climb a long ladder until you can see over the roof, or over the clouds.  You are writing a book. You watch your shod feet step on each round […]

Time and The Writer

“There is time for everything.” – Amish saying. 1. Ask the right question: What is possible?  I’m starting a new writing project and want to make good progress this month. A motivational phrase that floats through my mind, one that resonates for me (as a busy person), comes from an Amish source: “There is time […]

Thanksgiving with a Twist – The Power of Words

“Thanksgiving with a Twist,” by Moira Allen (reprint from It’s traditional, at this time of year, to write an article about the importance of “giving thanks.” If you searched the web or browsed the blogosphere about now, you’d probably find an endless array of articles explaining why it is so important to be thankful […]

NaNoWriMo – A Literary Feast of Fools?

What is NaNoWriMo? A great surge of literary energy? Or a Feast of Fools? From their website: National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. In 2011, NaNoWriMo claimed 256,618 participants and 36,843 […]

Being a Writer – Sacred Idleness

“Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.” Author of that quote, George MacDonald (1824–1905) was an 19th-century Scottish fantasy writer and Congregationalist minister; his novels had an enormous influence on C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Madeleine L’Engle among others. I’m just back from a bit of sacred idleness myself, a […]

Walt Whitman – The Twirl of My Tongue

What is the calling of a great writer? To write. To celebrate. To see how everything is connected and equal. To be open to the smallest epiphany, and then to show how it is part of the largeness of the universe. “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of […]