Offering The Creative Collective To Artists, Writers, and Creatives

Yesterday, out of a strong desire to create a "safe space" for creatives to share ideas, prompts, strategies, and inspirations, I created a new Facebook group called The Creative Collective. Here, writers, artists, and all creatives now have the opportunity to share and be inspired to rediscover and strengthen their creativity. Nothing is being sold … Continue reading Offering The Creative Collective To Artists, Writers, and Creatives

Model Teaching: Empowerment Through Multi-Faceted Instruction

I've been teaching for a long time -- long enough to see the spin of the pedagogical cycle of strategies come full circle. What I have learned along the way is that there are some practices that work better than others when it comes to teaching writing. In 2009, the National Council of Teachers of … Continue reading Model Teaching: Empowerment Through Multi-Faceted Instruction

Journaling: Your Greatest Investment

One of the questions I am asked most frequently about the process of writing is which is most important: the writing or the publishing? It's a good question, but like everything else associated with the practice of writing, it's not an easy one to answer. When we look at the process of writing, we can … Continue reading Journaling: Your Greatest Investment

This Is Our Reality As Creatives

Many fellow writers and artists have been posting about the distractions we face in our creative lives, and how we can overcome them. One of those pieces was by an artist I just started following, Debbie McClure., thanks to another writer, ML Swift, who reblogged her post. McClure writes, At some point, the rubber must … Continue reading This Is Our Reality As Creatives

It’s Time For Us To Get (Really) Acquainted

Hi. I read a piece this weekend by a former student of mine and now fellow writer/author. Amanda, like a few others I know, is really digging deep and writing authentically (here's the piece I'm talking about). She made me turn the mirror on myself and see if I practice what I preach in my … Continue reading It’s Time For Us To Get (Really) Acquainted

Answering The Call To Adventure: Part 1. Discovering The Writer Within

A few days ago, a close friend passed away rather suddenly. I think the shock of her death gripped many of us in those first hours, where we didn’t know exactly how to react. We searched for meaning, we tried to make sense of the fact that she was here in one moment, and gone … Continue reading Answering The Call To Adventure: Part 1. Discovering The Writer Within

Three Little Reasons To Write in 2015

1. Writing provides discovery, clarity, cleansing, understanding, epiphany, courage, belief, hope, and love -- all for yourself as well as for others. 2. Writing keeps you focused on what is most important for you; it's a natural journey that keeps you moving, keeps you going, keeps you clarifying and refining that journey. When we write, … Continue reading Three Little Reasons To Write in 2015

The Story Had To Be Told: On Writing The Christmas Rose

Yesterday, I published my short story, The Christmas Rose. It's been less than 24 hours since I shared it with my readers, and I wanted to answer a few questions about why I wrote it. Q: The story is pretty long -- almost 8,000 words. Most people aren't reading pieces that take more than a … Continue reading The Story Had To Be Told: On Writing The Christmas Rose

Our Need To Endure

Yesterday afternoon, I spent a good hour at my local library researching topics that interest me greatly: spirituality, love, peace, and writing. You see, I've had some pretty good plans lately for new publications. Most of them center on improving your life through mindfulness and spirituality, using writing as a vehicle to living a more … Continue reading Our Need To Endure