Inspiration & Support—

A Big Announcement About the Way I Communicate

I’ve been spending the summer thinking and dreaming about why I’m here, what I’m doing on social media, and why I run this creative writing school in the first place. It does feel remarkable to me that the Story Is a State of Mind community has grown the way it has. Who would have thought […]

How I lost my writing, and found it again.

I don’t usually do this, but I made you a video newsletter. There was something I wanted to tell you in person, so I brought my laptop into a quiet room and figured out how to make the built-in camera work. I’m a private person. This might be surprising, given my website, I know. But […]

Keep Your Promises

  I was in Oregon last week for a conference (called the World Domination Summit – look it up!) and I got to meet some of my students in person! Seriously – if you ever see me out and about, please come over and say hello. I LOVE THIS. WDS asks its community: how do […]

Find Your Writing Community

Your dream about writing may have started as a whisper. It comes to many writers as a feeling first, or a wish. And every delicate filament of your dream will be matched by ten shouts of doubt the moment you try to make it real. I’m guessing you’ve experienced this already. You know those negative […]

How Knitting Made Me A Better Writer

I work really, really well with a routine. And the thing about moving is that all of my routines have changed. In our new house, where is my favourite reading spot? Where do my Mason jars live? Now that I have a bathtub (yay!) when is the best time for me relax and take a […]

Never Do Homework Again!

When I was in Barcelona, I visited La Sagrada Família, the (still unfinished) basilica designed by modernist architect Antoni Gaudí. I’d often heard that Gaudí was “inspired by nature” but until I stepped inside the cathedral, I did not understand what that really meant. Light comes in through the windows above the way sunlight filters […]

The Vulnerability of Submission

As I write this, it is the last day of my writing retreat here in the south of Spain. It’s almost time for me to put my novel away for a few weeks. Ryan arrived from Toronto last night, and while he slept off his jet lag today, I spent time under the big olive […]

Seth Godin and the privilege of connection.

For many years, there were about 150 people on my email list. It was exciting to write to 150 people. This was before Facebook, when most of us were still spending more time in our physical communities than we did in our digital ones. Now that we are meeting and communicating online more often than […]

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