Art is for Service

Art is for service.
As artists, we often point our light inward. We need to point it at someone else. We may have the light they need to find their way out of the woods. – Darden Smith, SongwritingWith:Soldiers

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How to be a Better Writer: Face Your Insecurities

Write Right Talks about Writing RightWe have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies. – Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum writes of worries. She could make the same statement about insecurities, and it would hold true. Insecurities rob one of energy. They hold court in the mind. The person wavers, a boat tossed to and fro in the waves.Continue Reading

This is Sparta

Sparta Ruins
Some days, you need to rest. Others, you need to punch, kick, and grapple. You need to fight.

Remember, this is Sparta.

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Celebrate Small Successes

Small Successes
A common saying is “don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees.” I tend to have the problem. I now and then mistake the trees for the forest.

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Write Right: Sometime, Sometimes, and Some Time

Write Right Talks about Writing RightSome time ago (but not in a galaxy far, far away), sometime, sometimes, and some time experienced an identity crisis. When was one word correct and not another?

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What’s Your Creative Release?

My creative release is drawing.
My creative release is drawing. It allows me to play in a way that differs from my writing. Drawing gives room for light and laughter.

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Give Them Grace

Give them grace.
Grace is the only air not toxic to humans. – Ann Voskamp

You breathe in a lot of things during the day. Hurtful words. Not being asked to join your co-workers for lunch. Tragic stories, some that hit closer to home than others. A loved one forgetting an important date.

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Write Right Meets the Great Gatsby

Write Right and Jay Gatsby

Get Out the Ironing Board

Ironing Board
If I’m asked my least favorite chore, the answer is immediate: ironing. I will do any other chore and do it with gladness and lightness of heart before I will turn to ironing. I can’t explain the antipathy. Perhaps it’s the tedium found in ironing out a wrinkle in a sleeve or dress when I could be writing or drawing or taking out the trash.

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The First Draft is the Ugliest

Writing is an ugly business.
If one is the loneliest number, the first draft is the ugliest draft. The end. There’s no way around it. If you can accept that reality, carry on. If you can’t, writing will be an ever-frustrating task. You will struggle to find joy in doing the work.

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