Have you ever included someone in a creative project and they overstepped in some way and refused to acknowledge that’s what they were doing? It’s not fun. And it can be excruciating trying to help someone to see that they’ve overstepped, even more so if there are other people around who also don’t understand how…… Continue reading The 3 Boundaries Every Creative Needs in Their Community If They Don’t Want to Lose Their Mind
Do you ever hear the life story of someone whose work you admire and get seriously bummed on their behalf? Well, that’s 100% how I feel about Hans Christian Andersen. I knew nothing about his personal life when I first started reading his work. I only knew that his fairy tales, like all fairy tales…… Continue reading The 3 Faces of Hans Christian Andersen That Probably Would Have Thrived On Instagram
Are you scared of the Ghost with the Most? So scared you won’t even say his name? So scared you flinch a little when a friend says it? I get it. When I was a kid, I thought Bumpelstitlskin (as we’ll call him for safety’s sake) lived in my basement. I could not for the…… Continue reading The 3 Things Barbara Maitland Being a Badass Fairy Godmother Can Teach You About Being a Better Storyteller
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What Little League and Michael Phelps can teach us about follow-through. Playing softball as a kid, a good coach will tell kids not to stop at the base where they’re headed but to instead run through the base. Otherwise, kids get so focused on any given base that they will slow down as they close in…… Continue reading Let There Be No End In Sight
Start with familiar person, place, or thing. A young woman came into the bookstore where I work looking for some sort of guided workbook that show her different poetic forms and give her room to try them out, see what fit. Not idea prompts. Form prompts. Be still, my heart. There are lots of guided…… Continue reading Advice for a Poet in Search of Their Voice
You cannot control the stories that others tell themselves, you can only decide what story you are going to tell yourself as you move forward. This is something I’m still struggling with. A big part of why I had been so excited about maybe going back to school and getting my MFA was that it…… Continue reading Your Fear of Others Holding Onto Old Stories About You Is an Old Story You Need to Let Go