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When To Show Up Imperfectly

I had a deadline to share a draft with a mentor last week. Unfortunately, inspiration didn’t hit until two days before the deadline, not enough time to complete the draft.   I want my writing to be polished enough to show who I am (better said, to reveal just enough of myself). I want to …

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The Creative Rebel

I worked with a client who knew their writing was radical, meant to shock readers into transformational clarity. To put words to experiences and issues not commonly spoken about. Almost like once their words were read, the reader wouldn’t be the same again. Whew, what an intense and tender thing to carry this purpose. Especially …

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Finding Your Words

The fated question: “What did you do over the weekend?” Mind: BLANK Mind: Weekend. There was a weekend. I must have done things. BLANK Why can’t I think of what happened? Amnesia—no, I didn’t hit my head. Memory loss? Eyes: See expectantly waiting face. Mind: Oh no, I haven’t answered. Must answer. Mouth: “Uhhh.” Sound …

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Choosing Your Ride

Pretend you’re visiting Arizona and want to head back home to California.  You have multiple ways to get there. Fly directly by plane. Take a road trip by car. Horseback?   Just like travel, there are many ways to approach writing. 1) Sometimes, you know exactly what you need to write and how you will get …

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