Inspiration & Support—

The Lemon Tree House

When I came across the website for The Lemon Tree House, a beautiful new writers’ residency offered every fall in Tuscany, my heart thumped a few extra magic beats. Meditation and yoga in the mornings, writing all day, shared dinners with other writers every evening, weekend trips to Florence and Siena… Could it get any […]

A Little Conflict.

Writing conflict is difficult. Scary, even. It demands that you venture past the edge of what feels comfortable. When I write conflict from a comfortable place, it feels like pretending. Because I am pretending. If I feel totally okay while writing it, there’s no real struggle. It doesn’t feel true. Crystal Pite’s talk on conflict […]

Trust yourself.

  From the moment of commitment nature conspires to help you – Bjork, “Cetacea” Commit. Decide. Do it and don’t doubt it. You can’t know anything for sure. Not if this scene should go ahead of that one, for instance. Or if the story should be first person or third person limited. It’s not certain. […]

How do you want to feel?

I gave my team some homework over the winter break: I asked them to do Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map. The Desire Map is about setting goals around how you want to feel instead of what you want to accomplish. I’ve been doing this every year for the past three years, and I know that it […]

My Invincible Summer Guide (for this winter).

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger This winter is Serious. For those of […]

Writing: a powerful probiotic.

Did you know that you have another brain in your belly? It’s true. I feel like I must have read an article about abdominal brain studies in Women’s Health or on someone’s Facebook page a couple of years ago, but for some reason, I didn’t follow up on it back then. As it happens, it […]

2013: A Retrospective

Happy new year! To celebrate this crackling new January, I thought I’d take a look back on my site and share my favourite posts from 2013. I’ve selected one for every month of last year, and compiled 12 sweet articles to refresh, inspire, and clarify your writing goals for 2014. Enjoy this year in review! […]

What to read over the holidays.

Reading deeply this winter has reminded me for the hundred-thousandth time: reading really does show you how to write what you want to read. Whether you’re taking off and going somewhere warm for a holiday, driving north to a snowy cottage, or staying home and wearing fleece for a few days in a row, let […]

Write what you want to read.