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Brainstorming the Senses By Cynthia Beach

Brainstorming the Senses By Cynthia Beach

By on Mar 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Novelist and past Breathe speaker Vinita Hampton Wright once adroitly noticed, “Writers often include only one of the senses in their writing.” That one sense we rarely neglect is, of course, sight. But what about the other senses? Taste, touch, sound, smell, intuition? Well, if we take Anne Lamott at her word—“crappy” first drafts—then we know we don’t need to...

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4 Keys to Unlock Paralyzing Writers Fears by Pearl Allard

4 Keys to Unlock Paralyzing Writers Fears by Pearl Allard

By on Mar 22, 2017 in Blog | 6 comments

It was an assignment: list all my writing fears. I typed twenty-three. That was a year ago. I revisited the list months later and was ashamed nearly all the fears focused on me. After a critique from a respected writer and two back-to-back incidents being misunderstood, a new fear trumped them all: not wanting to damage readers in my learning process! I felt shaken...

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3 ways being a reporter has changed my writing, by Rachel Watson

3 ways being a reporter has changed my writing, by Rachel Watson

By on Mar 20, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

I first began to write fiction, making up stories at age 7. Then I started writing poetry around age 12. In college, I studied journalism and worked as a student reporter. Post-college, I’ve published fiction, poetry, blog posts and essays. And I did a brief stint as a marketing writer. In October, I started a new venture: working as a business reporter. I’ve...

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Writing Discovery — A Call for Submissions

Writing Discovery — A Call for Submissions

By on Mar 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

This writing life can be one of discovery. We might discover something about ourselves, those around us, something in our past. We may learn some deep longing we’ve carried around for years. Perhaps we found a great joy that is a welcome addition to our lives. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear about it! Write a blog post about what you’ve...

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Living InWords by Jamie Brummel

Living InWords by Jamie Brummel

By on Mar 15, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

It’s taken me a long time to get here. “Here” being a regular at this blogging thing. It’s been a process, a journey, a wrestling match with God. But the thing that kept popping to the surface, like a beach ball held under water too long, was my passion for words, the Word, and connecting with people. The beach ball was inflated, you could say, when I was in fifth...

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We can be heroes: The healing power of storytelling by Maureen VandeBrake

We can be heroes: The healing power of storytelling by Maureen VandeBrake

By on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog | 11 comments

Stories may inspire healing. They can empower us to see ourselves and the world around us from a new perspective, thereby changing our reality. The story I have told myself my whole life is that I am a victim and a loser.  I have a slight speech disfluency. In my young life, I had many peers call me a “retard” or ask me if I was one.  This left a painful and...

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