Just Another Day (Not)

Dear Writerly Readers,  Some rare days for me are entirely “off the page.”  Today is such a day. Much to do (about something), so no time to write a blog. Here is a repost of a recent blog. Until next week,  Julie A Call To Action (And the Democracy of Love) Buddhist teachings reveal how distraction from the moment, and the reality of the moment, leads to confusion, apathy and misinterpretation of reality. But too many pasttimes are just that – built in to distract us. One of the great distractions is television, now extended to the screens of our computers and phones. Advertisements … Continue reading

Ask Yourself This

Recently I was asked whether what I am writing in my novel is story relevant? Or, is it only writer relevant? At first, this question stopped me. Then I thought — right!, if what I write doesn’t move the story forward then it’s not truly relevant to the story. The subject may be important to me but not to the story and therefore not to the reader. Sometimes my writing gets into all sorts of topics that are not truly relavant to the story or theme of my piece. I find myself writing around the topic, creating more back story, or … Continue reading

The Thing About Marriage and Writing

Everyday I discover common ground in living a true spiritual life with that of living a true writer’s life. Take marriage and writing. A lot of people “get married,” and then, well, that’s it. They view themselves “as married,” with nothing left for them to do to create a marriage. Marriage isn’t something they “do,” it’s something they “have.”  They are “in” a marriage rather than making a marriage. Big mistake (albeit a common one). Marriage isn’t a possession; marriage is a relationship. We make a marriage. And, a true marriage, like all relationships, is just as much about the “other” as it is … Continue reading