Shuffling in the Sand

Sand dunes in Death Valley, backed by mountains and a hazy blue sky.By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed […] he went out, not knowing where he was going.

— Hebrews 11:8, New American Standard Bible

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Creative Life Truths: Fear is Necessary

Creative Life Truths: Fear is Necessary — Write RightAs a writer or artist, ruts come easily. The finished product may be good, excellent even, but it falls within acceptable limits. As an example: my poetry. My standard style employs short lines and couplets. I like it; it gives room for invention. However, it quickly becomes “du jour”—in graduate school, people could identify my poems by the lines, no name or signature required. The form grew restrictive, definitive.

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How to Be a Better Writer: Accept Your Fear

How to Be a Better Writer: Accept Your FearWriting can be terrifying; publishing, more so. You come to the blank page, and expectations build. You’re supposed to put words down? What if they aren’t good words? What if you can’t find anything to write? What if nobody wants to hear what you have to say?

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