Why You Can’t Settle

“You need to write this better.” — A note from Brad’s final edits for my memoir. At first read, I rolled my eyes and thought to myself, Write better? Oh c’mon, it’s good enough! Moments later, conviction settled in. Deep down I knew that section wasn’t my best writing, and yet, part of me was OK with… Read more »

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What Listening Taught Me

[This was originally posted here.] It’s amazing how you can know someone for your entire life, and yet know so little about them. Take for instance, your parents (GASP!). I’ll use my dad as an example. Growing up, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t that interested in getting to know my parents as people. After all… Read more »

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On First Drafts

Begin nipping and tucking. Remember that active writing is a lot like active editing, you can’t give yourself to other things while you’re doing it. Take people up on their offers to read your work. You need perspective. Read the work of others. You need perspective. Read out loud. You need perspective. Don’t lose momentum…. Read more »

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Trust in the Process

I haven’t blogged in weeks, because each time I try, words fail me. I barely understand the changes that this writing group has caused in my life, and what I do understand feels impossible to explain to outsiders. Talking about this project is just as hard as participating in it. When thinking of all the… Read more »

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Cleaning House

Brad’s talked with us a lot about the conditions for writing. His advice: Set time apart for yourself (he suggested early in the morning) No music No social media (although we are encouraged to tweet/blog fastidiously about our process) No flirting with somebody on IM (this is the easiest one for me) One of the… Read more »

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It got easier

Het is mij al eerder aangeraden om de scènes voor Invictus Writers in mijn eigen taal te schrijven. Maar als een koppige Nederlandse besloot ik dat niet te doen, aangezien dat veel meer tijd zou kosten. Zoals ik eerder op deze website al aangaf, had ik het moeilijk met de lessen en het schrijven van… Read more »

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The Parable of the Artist

Imagine the most intricately complex ceramic vase ever created. Imagine that vase falling to the floor in a million tiny little insignificant pieces. The artist that painstakingly devoted their entire time to this masterpiece grieves over the loss of their life’s work. Then the artist picks up the fragments, and little by little, day by… Read more »

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