Tag: writing about difficult things

Hope as a spiritual discipline?

This blog, and all my other writing, has grown quiet since the early days of COVID-19. Back when the narrative of it all seemed easier to trace. As the weeks and months have unwound, words–meaningful ones, at least–have dried up. I haven’t written much because frankly, I haven’t had much to say. And perhaps the…
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“Wait without Thought”: Writing and Not Writing during COVID-19

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hopeFor hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,For love would be love of the wrong thing. . . T.S. Eliot, “Wait without Hope” from East Coker Last week, I had a pitch rejected by a literary magazine I have always wanted…
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Finding Calm in COVID-19 (Middlesode)

https://media.blubrry.com/writingonwednesdays/p/content.blubrry.com/writingonwednesdays/WoW_COVID-19_Middlesode.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSLooking for a calming refuge from the dizzying developments around the COVID-19 pandemic? This Middlesode is for you. Settle in for instrumental music, a soft discussion about what COVID-19 lockdown looks like in Nicole’s neck of the woods, and an extended reading from Viktor Frankl’s famous book, Man’s…
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Writing About Difficult Topics (Ep 41)

Racism, death, money, faith: if it’s a difficult topic, we’ve probably written about it. Along the way, we’ve learn some valuable lessons on vulnerability, self-awareness, and accepting that criticism is usually not about us.

Bravign the Handler (book) by Jessica Handler

The Book I Recommend Most Often as a Writing Coach

Few books have influenced me more as a writer than Jessica Handler’s Braving the Fire.

Writing, Grieving, and Recovering: Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

I’m three quarters through Emilie Pine’s evisceratingly well-written collection of personal essays and I can’t remember an author who’s made me cry this much…