By stepping into a new pair of writing shoes – taking on the fiction writing challenge called NaNoWriMo with the goal of completing writing a novel this month – I begin to experience the world differently.
Writers think differently. Our thoughts on living the writer’s life, from creative inspiration to technique to attending conferences.
I spent this week on the road in the typical whirlwind of updating a guidebook. As I drove home, I reached a fork in the road, a decision point. And I took it. Yogi Berra would be proud.
Dealing with masses of files and papers? Coping with clutter means millions of micro-decisions. It’s that accumulata of life that gets in the way of living.
There is a Zen-like quality to the time spent waiting for your mechanic to work on your car. If it’s a few hours, it’s an ideal time to nourish creativity.
On the Big O Hike, I can unplug. No computer tether for ten days, no cell phone til afternoons, awakening before dawn every morning to enjoy the zen of walking.
What is the desert of New Mexico really like? Not what I imagined, at all. An excerpt from a writing exercise, “First Impressions,” at the Lama Institute, Taos.