Don’t Spare Yourself

Okay, so… I’m still taking violin lessons. Along with my violin lessons I discovered another life lesson, as well as a good lesson for writers. If I want to learn how to play the violin, I have to be willing to play poorly. Like I remind my writing students all the time — be willing to write several shitty drafts before the story works, before you “sound” pleasing.  The enjoyment found in writing several shitty drafts, as well as playing crude on the violin, is indispensable to progress in both. I delight in holding an idea and seeing how it comes out on the page. I enjoy holding the violin and … Continue reading

BOO! Leaving Your Comfort Zone

If we don’t push ourselves to move and explore outside our comfort zone we can become like the walking dead, eating other’s flesh. (I thought a bit of a Halloween/zombie theme would be timely). Life can be quite spooky if we don’t step outside of our comfort zone. Spooky dull. Deficient. We become hungrier and hungrier, but eating the same diet just doesn’t satisfy. And, too often in our states of dissatisfaction and comfort, we live off the lives of others. We become frighteningly zombie-like if we give into letting our routines and habits live our life for us. A favorite quote of mine that is … Continue reading