Memoir Done Right: Writing Without Judgement

Guest post by Sheila Hamilton

I’m an investigative reporter, trained to be alert to things that don’t seem right. And yet I missed much of the unfolding of my husband’s mental illness. By the time I’d pieced together the puzzle of who David was, he was falling apart. My once brilliant, intense, and hilarious partner was dead within six weeks of a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving my nine-year-old daughter and me without as much as a note to … Read More »


Developing Your Writing Process

The brilliant writer Donald Maass said, “Authors who succeed in the twenty first century are not focused on external measures of validation, but rather they value an inward quest for vision, voice, and invented worlds that are more vividly real that reality itself.”

A writing process develops over time. It’s everything from the type of journal you use to your favorite pen. It’s about habit, continuity and completion. Everything from the time of day you sit down to write, to … Read More »


Easy Steps for Creating a Gratitude Journal

Guest post by: Karen Benke

Last Thanksgiving I started a gratitude project, something that has brought many gifts over the last year. More treasures, really, than I could have imagined. And I have a pretty good imagination!

Basically the project involves picking up a pen and a random notebook. At the end of your day— no matter how exhausted you are— you simply dash out moments, images, snatches of dialog (you know the ones) that sparked joy.

Some nights you … Read More »


Cultivating Passion as a Writer

Once your purpose is clarified and cultivated, passion is right on its heels. Passion is the engine that drives you and your writing forward. An engine needs fuel. Sincere interest and curiosity are that fuel fired up by active reading and exploration both literary and otherwise, by being physically and intellectually engaged with words.

All the successful writers I know have passion for their subjects; they have an unwavering energy about their characters, scenes, subjects, and plots.

Passion is part … Read More »


Discovering Your Purpose as a Writer

Every successful writer I know comes to writing with a purpose. It may start as an urge, an interest, and then blossom into a need to communicate your experience of the world. It’s a sincere desire to participate, to join the conversation based on your unique take on the world.

Purpose is critical to your success because if it is overshadowed by doubt and distraction, you will never manifest your writing dreams. You must investigate, cultivate, and nourish your purpose … Read More »


Dear Creativity, I am Your Fire Keeper

A Letter to Creativity, by Amaera BayLaurel, artist/designer/writer, written at Elizabeth Gilbert’s Writing Workshop, Napa, CA., Nov. 7th, 2015.

Dearest Creativity,

I have long known that you are the fire in my life and that I am the Fire Keeper. I know that there have been many times, upon waking to a cold morning that was covered in frost, when I realized I had nearly let the fire burn out.

And yet I have always been able to trust that … Read More »


The Discipline of Silence

Guest Post By Emma Robertson

The twins both stood at the open back door. They peered outside, into our sparkling sunny garden. First one up, loudly named the “cold”, he sounded concerned. Little brother, who was stood right behind him, gave a reassuring hand on his back. “Is alright,” he said.

It is truly amazing what you can hear when you choose to be silent. The birds were tweeting and the foliage was occasionally rustling in a slight breeze as … Read More »


10 Success Principles for People Who Want to Write

Let’s start with the truth. You are a creative genius.

That’s just a fact, your true nature is brilliance, is to shine. Just by the mere presence of your existence, you are a living, breathing act of creation.

Over the past twenty years, I have devoted my life to helping people wake up through the practice of writing.

More recently, I have been wishing that when I first started out there had been a clear path, perhaps some steps I … Read More »

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5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Letter Writing

Guest post by Jasmine June Cabanaw

In today’s digital world, receiving a handwritten letter in the mail is a special treat. It’s interesting to think that only a couple of decades ago letter writing was one of the primary ways people communicated with one another!

Yet the art of letter writing is not dead. In fact, people have such a desire to send and receive letters that there are numerous companies catering to just that! You can sign up to … Read More »


The Healing Power Of Memoir: Surviving Your Story

Guest Post by Jasmine Cabanaw

There is a famous quote about writing that I’m sure you’ve heard: “Writing is easy; all you have to do is open a vein and bleed.” I like this quote, because I think it has a lot of truth in it (writers tend to write about what they know, after all), but I don’t think actually being a writer is quite so simple.

I mean, have you ever just sat there with a bleeding vein … Read More »