Yes, Yes, Hell No! How to Know You’re On the Right Writing Path

A few weeks ago, I was nearing the end of a daylong intensive with a client who’d come to me for help mapping out a nonfiction book. When the day began, she spoke of wanting to write a book about leadership—something that might gather together years of insight she’d gained […]

By |2019-03-12T09:06:43-06:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Trusting Your Soul|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Your Story Is Your Superpower

I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that every one of us has experienced something we’d rather not talk about. A traumatic incident. A crushing failure. An embarrassing mistake. A time we were so divorced from our true wants and needs that we acted out of character […]

By |2019-03-12T09:03:59-06:00January 6th, 2019|Categories: Trusting Your Soul|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Write Your Story, Change Your Life*

One morning in mid-August a few years ago, I stood in my small condo in Denver paralyzed by fear and inertia. My beloved older sister had died of cancer ten months earlier, my mother died two months after that, and my father decided that very morning he didn’t want to […]

What Teaching Writing Has Taught Me About the Human Condition

I’ve taught writing for years, primarily to adults who yearn to tell stories about personal experience. I’ve worked with doctors and lawyers, comedians and chronic liars, entrepreneurs and private eyes, and not one but two strippers—both of whom also happened to be English teachers.

Sitting at a glossy mahogany dining table […]

By |2019-04-17T16:48:10-06:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: On Writing|Tags: , , |4 Comments

How Storytelling Changes You

I’ve worked as a writer ever since I graduated with a journalism degree in 1982. For almost every piece of writing I’ve done, I’ve had a contract to write it ahead of time. I’ve known the topic, the length, the audience, and how much I’d be paid for my efforts.

With […]

By |2019-03-12T09:03:06-06:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: On Writing|Tags: , , |0 Comments