Grumpy grumpy grumpy ghosts, or muses in disguise?

As the start date for my Humber course creeps closer, I can feel my old ghosts moving in, settling down, taking up their knitting, kicking off their shoes. Making themselves comfortable. Which ghosts? The ones who say: "You never finish anything." "You're a jack of all trades, a master of none." "There's nothing worse than…

Loving your inner editor, or why too much freewriting might screw you up

Everyone seems to love freewriting. Julia Cameron, with her morning pages, even Sarah Selecky in her Story is a state of mind online course (which I've just started). Everyone in writing classes and conferences and lectures and such tell we learning writers to just write and write and write, and never mind the level of…

Cliche is a town in France

Well, actually, that in itself is a cliche, and untrue. The town in France is Clichy. Nice is another town in France.  Nice is a word you shouldn't use in writing. Like cliches, it is verboten. I'm taking an excellent writing course these days from a fellah named Russell Barton. He's pretty cool, as writing…

Seeking inspiration…

I look here, I look there, I look under things, I vacuum, I play with the dog, I walk outside, I talk to the bird, I dream of reading Oliver Sacks' new book, I look at rings online. The dog eventually collapses onto my foot, warming it.  My other foot feels cold in the air…