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"...you're the only one who can write what you're working on at present. And you will only be in this particular moment, with the exact set of skills and awareness that you have right now. If you were to write this same thing in a year from now, or if you had tried five years ago - it would turn out differently. Now is the time to write. You must hurry, slowly." -- Shawna Lemay

The Obvious Advice

The Obvious Advice

CALM THINGS: the obscure lives of writers

the obscure lives of writers

Note from Jane Friedman: In today’s guest post, writer Benjamin Vogt discusses how evoking sensory details in writing can banish a writer’s fears.

Details Help Writers Overcome Their Fear-A close-up of witch hazel blossoms.

CALM THINGS: the effort to return  But maybe I'm ready to return, to open my heart again. It's difficult, but there really is no choice, is there?

CALM THINGS: the effort to return But maybe I'm ready to return, to open my heart again. It's difficult, but there really is no choice, is there?

"I think writers and art makers understand this feeling – if only something fantastic would happen, then my art would be better, I would write more, or make more art. When we stop imagining that someone or something will save us, then we can settle into the life of making things. We can open the doors that will open, ourselves, and this is ultimately more satisfying." -- Shawna Lemay, "The Poetry of Waiting"

May 1 Poetry of Waiting

"I think writers and art makers understand this feeling – if only something fantastic would happen, then my art would be better, I would write more, or make more art. When we stop imagining that someone or something will save us, then we can settle into the life of making things. We can open the doors that will open, ourselves, and this is ultimately more satisfying." -- Shawna Lemay, "The Poetry of Waiting"

A Splinter of Hope

Mar 7 A Splinter of Hope

A Splinter of Hope

CALM THINGS: the serious writer

CALM THINGS: the serious writer

Shawna LeMay- On eating sun. On light within. On radiance multiplied. On #transactionswithbeauty #linkinbio

Shawna LeMay- On eating sun. On light within. On radiance multiplied. On #transactionswithbeauty #linkinbio

Penelope Fitzgerald, author

Mar 3 The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

CALM THINGS: sitting in the middle of perfect possibility. "... let's begin with not writing. Which is where I've been for most of the summer." -- Shawna Lemay

CALM THINGS: sitting in the middle of perfect possibility.

"What if we gave ourselves permission to start with the gathering? What if we let our ideas accumulate slowly over a long period of time? What if we let the story—the bigger project—find us, lead us, guide us, rather than trying to control and determine it by force? What if we found joy in the process of creation? What if the process was truly joyful, surprising, adventurous, kind of amazingly awesome, in fact?" -- Carrie Snyder

"What if we gave ourselves permission to start with the gathering? What if we let our ideas accumulate slowly over a long period of time? What if we let the story—the bigger project—find us, lead us, guide us, rather than trying to control and determine it by force? What if we found joy in the process of creation? What if the process was truly joyful, surprising, adventurous, kind of amazingly awesome, in fact?" -- Carrie Snyder

Daring Beautifully

Jun 30 Daring Beautifully

Daring Beautifully

"Remembering that no soul is more or less holy than another."

Feb 16 Enlightenment for Ordinary People

"Remembering that no soul is more or less holy than another."

Writing Prompt: "What are the instructions you'd like to give to yourself? What would you like to pass on to your loved ones? If you had the chance to tell a stranger "how to live" what would you like to share with them? Address the poem to a future or past self. What would you like to remind yourself?"

Jul 26 Writing Prompt – How to Live

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