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As a writer, writing teacher, and coach, I have long been interested in joy. In Writing as a Sacred Path, I come back to this question again and again: What brings joy to the writing life?
While many beginning writers I’ve worked with insist that success is the key to a joyful writing life, most writers with experience don’t agree. Publications and book contracts feel great, of course, but joy is something deeper and longer lasting than the pleasure you get from success. True joy goes to the core of your life.
After years of working with writers (and observing my own feelings) I’m convinced…Continue
As a young girl growing up in the Midwest, Sunny is taught to think differently. Her parents are the founders of a small Christian school that practiced Socratic Discourse and encouraged its students to question everything—a lesson Sunny embraces wholeheartedly.
As Sunny grows older, she begins to build the life she’s always wanted: she marries, buys a house, enrolls in graduate school, and soon has a baby on the way. But when she experiences the psychological phenomena of orgasmic labor, it triggers a chain of bizarre events, and she gradually descends into a world of delusion and paranoia. As Sunny struggles to separate the real from the unreal, she relies upon friends and family to ground her in truth and love—and keep her from going over the edge into…Continue
Last week I went out for a drink with a friend of mine who works in finance. His career is based on facts and figures, so he's fascinated that mine relies entirely on my imagination. How do you write an entire book? He wanted to know. How does it work?
I explained to him that often when I'm working on a manuscript I don't exactly know what I'm doing or where I'm going, but that I keep at it day after day, week after week, and eventually things begin to fall into place. Things rarely unfold the way I think they will at the onset, but I have to just go with it – and stick with it – and see what happens over time.
He nodded and made a simple yet profound statement: "So, you just commit to the process."
Yes, I commit to the process.
So much about writing a book is just sticking with it over time. Much like losing a significant amount of weight, crafting an entire novel isn't going to happen…Continue
Minneapolis, MN (August 4, 2015) – Sarah M. Johnson announced today that her inspirational Christian memoir Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God will be released on August 25, 2015, published by Morgan James Faith. She also announced that there will be a Book…
Hate it, don't you?
When everything is going smoothly and suddenly you…
It's important as a writer to find your voice. But it can be a challenge.
Writing style refers to the manner in which an author chooses to write to his or her audience. A style reveals both the writer's personality and voice, but it also shows how he or she perceives the audience. The choice of a conceptual writing style molds the overall character of the work.…
Or do you pay more attention to what others want for you? Your best friend tells you to take a job you don’t really want. one that deep down inside you just feel isn’t right for you. But…
When was the last time you took a gander at The Declaration of Independence? It had been a while for me, but I revisited it this week and it confirmed just what I suspected: the United States is founded on unnecessary capitalization. Right from the outset, the authors go nuts capitalizing regular old nouns as they…
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