Cultivating Creativity in the Sonoran Desert

Today I’m honored to provide a guest post by Melissa Crytzer Fry, whose blog What I Saw never fails to inspire. I was first drawn to her blog by her amazing photographs of the Sonoran Desert; it was there that I grew up, and Melissa's blog allowed me to return. But what struck me was …

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Visit These Six Blogs. Now.

I have just concluded teaching a six-week class--"Writing Compelling Blog Posts" at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland--and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about blogging and writing myself, as we spent six Tuesday nights workshopping each other's potential blog posts. We were a bit large for a workshop--eighteen strong, when everyone could make it--but we found …

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Guest Post: Honoring Your Muse

Today I’m honored to provide a guest post by Lisa Hayes, a singer/songwriter extraordinaire. I'll confess to a love of passionate and lively Americana roots music, and I love Lisa's music. I'd describe Lisa as three parts Susan Tedeschi (before her music became a bit, at times, sappy) and two parts Grace Potter (before she …

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Does Insecurity Drive Creativity?

I had the pleasure yesterday of seeing a photograph, taken by my daughter, on display at a D.C. art show. Pleasure is an understatement; I was bursting with pride. Both of my children give me reasons to smile. My daughter's art. My son's grades. The thoughtfulness and generosity of both. And yet. As I was …

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When Do I Write?

The conversation continues in the comments field of my last post, "Why do I write? Because..." That post was inspired by the process of writing a guest post for the blog She Started It. I'm flattered that Anjali Enjeti invited me to appear on her great blog. She asked me to answer a seemingly simple …

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Why Do I Write? Because…

This thought exercise began over the weekend, as I was writing a guest post for another blog answering the question "When do I write?" (It should run next week; I'll provide a link at that time.) Just a few weeks ago, I wrote another guest post answering the question "Where do I write?" I am …

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Seven Vows for Sustaining an Art-Committed Life

So you've dedicated yourself to living an art-committed life, I can hear you saying. It's one thing to proclaim that. But how do you maintain it during those moments when real life interferes? I have capitalized on the flexibility of self-employment over the last year to grow this blog; start an MFA program; and begin …

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