Claim Your Space

“It’s not a woman’s job to get smaller and smaller until she disappears so the world can be more comfortable.” ~ Glennon Doyle Melton In my previous Story Intensive classes, most participants have been women. Part of what we do during these guided creative sessions has to do with craft, but a lot is about […]

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Tapping versus Diving

“I need solitude. I need space. I need air. I need the empty fields round me; and my legs pounding along roads; and sleep; and animal existence.” ~ Virginia Woolf   Around this time four years ago, one of my writing mentors (Sarah Selecky, the wonderful creator of the online Story Intensive course) said the […]

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Advent Writing Challenge

  It’s Adventszeit here in Germany and for those of us who have turned writing into their religion, it couldn’t be a better time for another writing challenge right after NaNoWriMo. The concept is simple: every day until Christmas (Day 1 to Day 24) I will write a short text, without worrying too much about […]

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Wrapping up 2018

Earlier this year, I was telling you about how embracing life sometimes comes before writing. Now that the year is coming to end, I look back at it and count my blessings. 2018 has been a year when I published less poetry, essays, and fiction than in 2016-2017, and more conference reports and opinion pieces […]

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Time to write

I haven’t sent out a December newsletter. Nor a January one. Instead, I gave myself permission to put myself first and act in a few well chosen directions that are meant to make me feel good. In between all of that moving forward, I found myself, although for a long time (for most of last year), […]

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A new era

Many writers struggle with the act of not writing. With calling themselves writers when they don’t write every day, every week, every month. With questioning their identity as writers. Exactly one year ago, I talked about writing as a relationship. This year, I wasn’t sure for a long time whether my relationship with writing will […]

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Summer break

Hello writers, The monthly newsletter is taking a 3-month break as I dive into my personal writing and reading projects. Isn’t it great how for us writers, reading time also counts as writing time? Feel free to share your summer reading list in the comments field below. To stay in touch, make sure to regularly […]

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Your potential self is infinite

Dear writer, I’ve been quiet lately. I’ve given my body and mind some well-deserved rest, mostly without words. At least not my words. I spent quite a bit of time reading other people’s words. Lavishing in their stories, their use of language. I have given myself and my website time and space to rest. For […]

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Let you writing bloom this spring

Dear readers and writers, Spring is slowly coming here in Bayern. Some of my favourite childhood flowers have already started to bloom: snowdrops, sweet violets, and spring crocuses. Despite the health-related challenges I’ve been facing lately, the idea of nature regularly renewing itself gives me both strength and hope. It is in nature that we find our way […]

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