If you don’t enjoy the doing, then do something else …

AND SO: here is a post bordering on New-Age claptrap, I still hope it can give some sense For some of us starting new things, changing direction, entertaining new ideas –  stirs fear: As children most of us are encouraged to believe that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of others, that we will (or…

towards effortless writing

I’ve just read Dorothea Brande’s short & brilliant book Becoming a Writer. It was first published in 1934, but except for her advises on portable type writers …, it is really up to date. Here is an advise on how to write Morning Pages … (before Julia Cameron came to name them so) …. if…

insurmountable difficulties

As I was writing my morning pages this morning it suddenly struck me how easily my mind wanders off when I sit down to write my own texts. I’m so much more focused when working on assignments. And it dawned on me that I have to try to figure out why my mind keeps wandering….

washed away

so much for winter wonders, heavy rain washed everything away in no time – so I thought I’d rater go inside and show you some images from my study today I get up at 06:15 every morning, and the first thing I do is to go and sit down by the window to write my…

… discovered, but still a secrets

I came across this very interesting video: Vivian Maier (1926 – 2009) was an American street photographer. Maier spent most of her youth in Europe, but returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny for the rest of her life. In her free time however, she was a photographer. Consistently…

the Pleasures of Writing Poetry

Today I’m reading The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux. I like it a lot. I really haven’t read many books on writing, but (contrary to a lot of readers & writers) I enjoy much of what I read in this genre. “Every good poem…

Recovering a Sense of Integrity

I’m entering my 4th week on The Artist’s Way. The introductory essay to this week is called “Recovering a Sense of Integrity”. In order to have self-expression, we must first have a self to express. It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? But even so it might be rather difficult; to find one’s own voice, to listen…

Morning Pages

In The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron advice her readers to start writing Morning Pages. Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning – every morning. Here is what Cameron says: There is no better way to open a writing voice than to write regularly & repetitively. The first page and…

What do you think?

Dear widely read friends – have any of you ever read Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott and/or The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron I have jut started both, and would love to hear your thoughts & opinions