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Sky Songs: Breakthrough Tip for the week of October 30

The bluesman Townes Van Zandt told us what matters: “Bukka White used to call them sky songs, ’cause he’d reach up and pull ’em out of the sky. It seems to me they (songs) just kind of come through me almost. Just all of a sudden k-k-k-k-k-k-k-k! (That’s a sound approximating lightning.). Write this down.… Continue Reading >>>

The Self That Hungers for Eternity: Breakthrough Tip for the week of 4/3/2017

Have you met? You and your self that hungers for eternity? If you know this demanding creature, you know what poet Mary Oliver knows. Emilie Vardaman, my student at the the Sierra Vista Writing Celebration, sent me this remarkable writing by Oliver . I recognized myself and my life instantly in the first paragraph. Do you?… Continue Reading >>>

The Bi-polar World of the Somewhat Successful Writer: Breakthrough for the week of 3/20/2017

The Talker was reviewed in the New York Times a few days ago. Perhaps more accurately it was mini-reviewed by a women who clearly had not read the whole book. Here is the review, followed by my letter to her. It is definitely not professional to send a pissy letter to a slip-shod reviewer, but, then again, I’ve… Continue Reading >>>

Write it Out, Right it Out: Breakthrough tip for 11/18/2016

You know. If you visit this site regularly, you know how and why you are writing, not writing, thinking about writing, afraid of writing, dancing with your writing. Writing is a muscular practice. You are the student and the coach. Write for thirty minutes using this image/these words as your prompt.You won’t get it wrong.… Continue Reading >>>

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