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  • A fountain pen is poised above lined paper, which already contains some handwriting in black ink.

    Monday Motivation: Write Your Truth

    All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. ~ Ernest Hemingway Birthing a creative project is hard. Many observers to the creative life see it through rose-tinted glasses, imagining how wonderful it must be to write a book, play an instrument, or paint a landscape. They often don’t see (or don’t choose to see) the blood, sweat, and tears that go into the act of creation. The same with the spiritual and emotional journey — many of my spiritual breakthroughs and much of my personal development work has come via bereavements.…

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    Monday Motivation: Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Mat

    Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud. ~ Shannon L. Alder I’m thick in National Novel Writing Month, and already I can see a lot of posts on social media where writers are sharing their word counts for each day. There’s a lot of camaraderie about these posts, and a lot of encouragement and support. But then there is also the inevitable comparisons, which usually happen within our writer-brains but which sometimes overspill online. For instance, these are the types of post I’ve been seeing, and their possible accompanying thoughts in parentheses: I…

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    Monday Motivation: Rest

    “The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever.” ~ May Sarton A bit of a belated Monday Motivation this week, as I had to take some time to rest. I’d pushed myself too hard last week and over the weekend, and yesterday my body and mind both said: Rest. Ironically enough, it was precisely this subject that I was going to write about for this week’s Monday Motivation. I’d like to invite you to get curious…

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  • Lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling light a corridor between bookselves in a library.

    Making Words into Worlds

    A long time ago, a little girl had a dream. She wanted to write, and see her name on the spine of a book in the library. She wanted Books of Her Very Own, filled with her own words and her own worlds, for other people to delight in and enjoy, as she had done with books since could first read. Now, this little girl was prone to Sensibility and Responsibility, so when the Bigger World told her that writing wasn’t a sustainable life choice, she listened. And she got older. She continued writing — reams of poetry, a novel…

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