Cuyahoga River

Cuyahoga River
Cuyahoga River in the Valley

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Detail by Detail

Writing specifically, detail by detail, we encounter not only ourselves, not only our truth, but the greater truth that stands behind all art and all communication. We touch the spiritual fact that as divided as we may feel ourselves to be, we are nonetheless One. – Julia Cameron

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Fill the Well, Stock the Pond

I find I can't just sit and write. I have to fill up the well, stock the pond. So I invest in myself by keeping my skills sharp and my knowledge deep, becoming a learning machine, reading everything I can, and approaching writing as a craft that will never be mastered. One day, you might figure out how to write pitch and the next how to write a sentence that moves people to tears and the following day be able to write just the right words to say what needs to be said, but putting it altogether, now that is the hard thing. You build and build, but sometimes forget. A writing journal could help.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

What Woolf Said About Style

Woolf: sytle is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm.  Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Creating the Life We Want

For many years, I was unhappy, stressed out, closed off to possibility. By the time I was thirty, I wasn’t sleeping at night and I was angry with my husband. Not until a friend gave me Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way and I started the journey toward giving myself permission to create the life I wanted, was I able to play a piano again (I bought myself a piano for my 30th birthday), explore painting and drawing once more, and get back to writing. The first thing I had to do was give myself permission to take time for myself, because I was worth it. My life isn’t perfect today, but I have no problem with taking my artist on a date with a walk in the Metroparks or browsing the galleries of Tremont. I have a lot more passion for my life than I had when I was younger. We can create the lives we want: