"Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. When you're conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader. He or she will recognize his or her life and truth in what you say, in the pictures you have painted, and this decreases the terrible sense of isolation that we have all had too much of." – Anne Lamott
Getting comfortable with writing means one thing: Kill Your Internal Editor
Write Every Day “ Morning Pages”
Telling A Story
Critical Story Points
Beginning, Middle, End
Keep It Simple
Leave Out What Doesn’t Matter
Your Story - Your story is just ONE person’s truth - Often the sharp edges are worn down - Honesty in personal writing is often slightly different than truth
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. – Brene Brown from her book The Gifts of Imperfection
Head vs. Heart and Gut
That which is true is the most universal
Even painful truths can be beautiful
When you write from the heart, your story becomes both beautiful and universal.
Let go of fear and write your truth
Say More Use Less Words
Six Word Story For sale: baby shoes, never worn. - Ernest Hemingway
25 Word Story After the Funeral He curled up in their bed, clutching her nightgown to his face until he could sleep, willing her there with every breath. - Lydia Green
Bio Tell your story in 50 words or less.
Blogging vs. Other Writing Intimate relationship between blogger and reader.
The delicate dance between blogger and reader is one full of joy, resonance, and often love. Be brave. Use the critics, instead of letting them silence you.