Writing Challenges

How writing helped me through grief

Who I am and how writing helped me through grief

It’s true that writing helped me through grief, but there’s more to the story. Almost eight years ago (June 8, 2013), after my husband, Bob, died I find myself writing a blog post to explain that if you met me in the depth of my grief, the person you met before isn’t the person I …

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Critique Writing with Kindness

woman writing in her journal

I feel like I can’t write anymore. This thought has been stuck in my head ever since I took a memoir workshop with a well-respected former editor of a national magazine. She had nothing good to say about my submission. She went through everyone else’s submissions line-by-line. She left mine for last. She gave a sweeping …

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Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

writers block

For the first time, in a long time, I couldn’t write. Some people call it writer’s block. I never liked that term and in his book Writing Tools, 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer,  Roy Peter Clark (Poynter Institute) says we should think of this as a time of “rehearsal” or the process of “mental preparation,” but whatever …

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