creative writing

My advice is just usually my mom's good advice recycled. I feel more comfortable just redispensing her advice because I know it came from her Grandma. I know it's been tested, it's got deep legs. It's a home remedy. We know how to make apple...

Omega: Your forthcoming book, Big Magic, is about creative process. “Stubborn” is a word you evoke to describe your writing practice. But you also “ascend toward stubborn gladness” as a way of being joyful and loving. ...

Omega: Women in the 21st century are forging new paths while being held to impossible “women's magazine” standards—“perfection” and “balance” are words you encourage women not to use. The Signature of All Things...

Writing is a practice that requires both focus and imagination. Writers must paint details on the page that translate abstract ideas from their mind into readable stories and content.

Poet Robert Bly once said, “If we want to create art we...

Writing can be a great way to slow down and connect with your creative self. But what if you don't think of yourself as a good writer or don't know where to start?

You don't need to write the great American novel (or even have any skill as...

In front of Natvar on the floor was a shiny wooden rectangular box with a short keyboard—black and white keys like on a small piano. On the other side of the masking-tape aisle sat Mark cross-legged in front of an oblong drum, the kind with two...

Brené Brown, known for her groundbreaking research on vulnerability, shame, courage, and authenticity, says that our happiness depends on our willingness to make ourselves...

As I hiked, I tried to force myself not to think about the things that hurt—my shoulders and upper back, my feet and hips—but I succeeded for only short bursts of time. As I traversed the eastern flank of Mount Jenkins, I paused several times to...

“You seem so... fine,” a woman tells me after my bookstore reading, a stunned look on her face. The girl she’d read about in my memoir got into a car with a stranger at age 8, dropped acid at 12, and got evicted with her family twice before she...

On opening night of my first professional show, I stood backstage at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway and peered out from the wings at the gathering crowd. I was very young and very frightened. As the house lights dimmed, I felt a...

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