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Nobility according to Gail Sher

One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers, is one of the best books about writing ever.  The author is Gail Sher, a Zen Buddhist psychotherapist. Her four truths: Writers write Writing is a process You don’t know what your writing will be … Continue reading

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Writing and eternity

In March 2013, I began this writing exercise with the usual parameters: write unceasingly for 20 minutes without self-editing, without taking the hands off the keyboard or pausing to find the exact phrase. In this case, I think, the phrases … Continue reading

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The Pill: a fable

Another long post, sorry. The Universe brought me the bones of this fable in a daily writing exercise a few years ago. I fleshed it out to read at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Southeast Portland at the ceremony … Continue reading

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An example of daily writing

Just because I haven’t been doing exers every day doesn’t mean I’m not writing. I’ve been having work critiqued by the St. David of Wales writing group (with this summer’s writer in residence, Lynn Otto) and for a two-day workshop … Continue reading

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The rest of the session

Here’s the rest of the “heat white chocolate wafers” exercise, the top of which is part of the “Writing every day” post. The idea may have some potential, but I probably won’t develop it. I have lots of other stories. … Continue reading

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Writing every day

Since the early 90s, I’ve been doing early morning writing sessions on and off, sometimes every day for months. Julia Cameron famously enshrined the practice as “morning pages” in her 12-step approach to creativity, The Artist’s Way, but I got the … Continue reading

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