Here are 10 skills that will clarify your visions and bring you closer to your life goals.
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Graham was privy to the secrets of the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, but she had plenty of her own secrets.
There was, in this country filled with beauty and grief, a kind of permission to feel my own sorrow for the past and hope for the future. Amahoro.
Novelist Jessica Keener tells how she became comfortable with the unknown, and became more creative.
"I learned to follow my creative instincts instead of listening to everything anyone else said."
“There’s so much conventional wisdom and recycled advice out there. I'm trying to dig deeper..."
What I once labeled "a relationship" with my teacher was really sexual abuse.
I was pushing a terribly damaged man to reveal his most diseased self, while I hid behind a façade of “normalcy.”
Literary tribes that include authors and readers are a great way to connect through books.
"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." — Marcelle Proust
The "Night Child" uncurled from a tight fetal position and emerged from the thick-skinned seed of personal narrative.
Writers write about the things that bother them most—lost love, missed opportunities, and things that should have been said and done but weren’t.
Some of my favorite authors—debut authors and old pros—came up with New Year’s resolutions for creative inspiration.
Writing has been a teacher for me, and it’s taught me this above all: Feeling like you don’t belong simply means you haven’t found where you belong yet.
I had tackled the layers of divorce, both legal and personal... But I had never spent so much as a weekend alone in ten years, until the kids went to visit their dad.
"People think you get to this magical place where you know what you’re doing....But every novel is a completely new animal. You’re always a beginner. That makes it interesting."
Some of us manage to invent bodies, voices, and lives worth living even though we don’t fit in to the normative socius.
Young people find something a poet has written, take a picture and post it to their social media accounts as a way to say, “I’ve felt this. I just didn't know how to say it."
"I always explore whether or not people can change, whether they can escape the circumstances of their past. Sometimes they can, sometimes they can’t."
What would happen if I didn’t rip back the sheets, slap one foot on the floor and then the other, and then keep on moving all day long? A meditation on functional depression.
"No matter what, love more and not less. I didn’t realize that’s what the message of this book was until the end."
"It’s a myth that healing is something we must do internally, all by ourselves. Healing is the great gift we can give each other."
In this age of emoji communication, why bother handwriting a letter? Find out.
We write fiction and create characters to explore questions, and these questions are often uncertainties we have about ourselves.
I’m changing only three letters, Carolyn to Caroline, which seems like a simple uneventful, thing to do, but to me, it feels like a lifting of a curse.
Janelle Brown's characters do everything that she is afraid of doing herself.
Is fame and fortune really rewarding? Sustainable? The author of "A House Among the Trees" explores the perils of success.
I used to love telling how my husband and I met. How I knew he was “the one” but wasn’t attracted to him in that gotta-have way. Read why I stopped telling that story.
"...I went through old journals and letters and photos, revisiting my younger self. I won’t pretend it wasn’t excruciating, but that research really did inform the whole book."
You volunteer, help others, treat the barista with respect, and try to be kind, and when you sit down to write, your imagination turns on like a friendly lightning bolt.
"I was aware that in attempting to tell the truth of our marriage I was at risk of exposing or betraying it. That was the high-wire act."
Jennifer Haupt has written for O, The Oprah Magazine, Parents, The Rumpus and other publications. Her novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, will be published in April 2018.
A collection of essays and articles about finding meaning in the big and small moments in life.