You don’t put things down on paper to produce masterpieces, but to gain some clarity. Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life I spend the day in the woman cave tapping out words, writing and rewriting. Also tweaking the format of my manuscript, because doing so serves as an effective diversion when the writing gets a little
She stands In tattered gold Tossing bits of amber And jade, jewels of a year grown old: November. Zephyr Ware Tarver The forecast was for snow overnight. I have not yet looked out the window, so I don’t know if it came. My brain is still in that slightly muffled place it goes to when
Writing is an unfolding of what’s going on inside me as I talk to myself on a pad of paper or a computer, a version of talk therapy that requires neither appointment nor a fee. Parker J. Palmer, On the Brink of Everything Dark comes early now. The landscapers have taken away a good
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith Six-plus years ago when my book, Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude, was published I was terrified. I felt naked and exposed. I was, figuratively, both of those.
Photography is the art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. Elliott Erwitt I spend the morning in my manuscript crafting, if not sandcastles, rudimentary structures that lay the foundation for them. Maya let’s me know that it’s time
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. Meister Eckhart Even now, when it’s been many years since this first Tuesday after Labour Day was a first day of school for me, this morning feels like one that is ushering in a fresh start. And so it is. I made a dent in the
Some of this book—perhaps too much—has been about how I learned to do it. Much of it has been about how you can do it better. The rest of it—and perhaps the best of it—is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as