creativity // inspiration

 

Honoring a life. Choosing the right story.
My thoughts on how to write a eulogy.

    “Alex: I was wondering if you have any advice on writing a eulogy, especially for someone you were very close to? I’m struggling with how I feel and what to write. I don’t want to write a ‘shopping list’ of memories and great qualities. Could you help, please?” –Jo   First of all,…

Still trying to “find your voice” as a writer? Um … That’s not how it works.

      “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw   There seems to be a myth percolating through certain parts of the writing world that everyone is born with a naturally amazing + perfectly-formed “writing voice” … … but cruel “society” stomps it out of you, with all…

If you were the BEST in the world at what you do, how would you behave?

    A few years ago, I hopped on a plane + scuttled into a business conference in NYC. While I was there, nervously crossing and uncrossing my legs in the audience, waiting for my mind to be blown + my game to be changed, the conference’s founder, Marie, asked a simple question, onstage:  …

Got “email insecurity?” How to stop hovering over the SEND button and hit it, already.

    “Alex: I was wondering if you have any tips to help with ‘email insecurity.’ I have an extremely annoying and time-wasting habit where I write an email and then AGONIZE over sending it. A simple two-sentence email can take me forty minutes to write because I re-read and re-write it so many times….

Hello, self. Guess what? I like you.

    I have been called a “relentlessly positive person”, but there was a time in my life when I did not like myself very much. I did not like my body, so I starved myself (almost to death). I was distressed about my sexuality, which seemed “different” than my friends at school. I had…