Tag: writing


  • writing = liberation

    I started writing when I was 10 years old. I believed I was writing for the joy of it (I was). I had a couple of friends with whom we would email back and forth stories. Continuing stories. They would write a chapter, and I would write the next… and so on. I would also […]

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  • thomas the train

    This past week I found myself reading to my nephews. Their book selection happened to be Thomas the Train. I have questions. The core value of the story (and of a couple kids books that I can think of off the top of my head) is busyness. Thomas the Train is highly encouraged to stay […]

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  • daily ritual

    What am I finding in this daily ritual of writing?

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  • greed

    “If you spend enough time being afraid, thinking of only survival, it leads to hoarding.” Megan Giddings  ….which leads to greed. Thinking about this thought from Giddings’ book The Women Could Fly.

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  • 3×5 note

    On a 3×5 card held within the pages of my notebook: “What does it mean anyway, to “lose control”? And how can one lose something they never had? Everything is chaos… good or bad? Whose to say? But I will, at least show up. “

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  • caricatures of reality

    A song is never more than a caricature of reality. It exaggerates some features and diminishes others. It zooms in on a particular emotion, but in thus doing so must ignore other ones. It describes one person’s point of view. Which is just that– one point of view. It is never the full story. But […]

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  • voice

    I’m finally reading Figuring. I put it off for a long time because I read a bad review about it. I mean it was a true review, which is probably why it had so effectively deterred me from reading the book. The critic basically said, Popova romanticizes everything. She sees everything as connected to everything […]

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  • rethinking

    At that point, I thought I had written an ordinary book, in that it had some good parts and some parts that were not so good. Then a chapter was excerpted in The New Yorker, and the book received very positive reviews, and I started believing that I had written a work of genius.  AKHIL SHARMA Akhil […]

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  • creating as nonlinear work

    Maybe writing or creating is not as linear as I thought. Maybe that is where I get hung up– thinking that the creative process is linear. But you don’t go from nothing to finished product. On a good day, you go from nothing to something. And then revisit, edit, and change. Or maybe you know […]

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