A Practical Alphabet for Writers: V is for Visualize

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: V is for Visualize

I love guided meditations or hypnoses. Drop into the words, and your mind creates images, places, makes discoveries. As in sleep, our ability to conjure asks for no research or certain knowledge. We bloom story, or at least the full, embodied elements of story....
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: U is for Underbelly

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: U is for Underbelly

There’s a side of each rock, creature, story, that doesn’t get exposed–to the sun, to the outside eye. Call it the underbelly, the hidden truth. Write toward it. Loosen your pen so something can lead other than clear-eyed intention or fear. Discover what you...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: T is for Tenacity

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: T is for Tenacity

Much that is immediately visible to you will conspire against you. For many of us, a voice arises when we go to write or think about writing that says, “What if it’s terrible?” The only answer a writer can give to that question is to shrug. What it it’s terrible? It’s...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: S is for Story

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: S is for Story

I was in a memoir class not too long ago, as a student. There were about ten of us and each had a story to tell. Some were experienced, even published writers, and others did not even have a particular affinity for writing, but we all had an idea of what our books...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: R is for Reading

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: R is for Reading

You have at hand so many master writers, living in your house, clustered in your writing space, by your bed. They will teach you not just what they know but what they did, for you have them in the form of their books, their stories, the words on the page, the images,...
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