The Humble Improve

A fellow literary mind approaches with the frank question--how much experience do you have in your field?  "Oh well, I've been writing since I was ten." Which means, "I definitely know what I'm doing."  Any past success, whether it's a published story of mine, or encouraging feedback from a reader, easily lures me into the trap of thinking that I've "arrived" and finally know exactly what…

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Make Positive Effort for the Good

Writing and life are inseparable.  I think this is why Natalie Goldberg applied the Zen lessons she learned to the practice of life, art, and writing.  This morsel of wisdom, the third and final in the list she shared at WOTS, reminds her audience to "make positive effort for the good." I almost seems too simple, too transparent.  Practically speaking,  Natalie used the example of forcing herself to…

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Don’t Be Tossed Away

"We're sorry to inform you that your submission was not a good fit for our magazine.  Best of luck finding a place for it elsewhere."  Haven't we all been there?  There's no way I can avoid being refused or ignored when I take my art and show it to the masses.  Rejection is a fact of the writing life.  How in the world do I find ways to keep my…

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