Have you ever been to an ivory tower? I've been to a few. Some are so tall and disconnected from reality it's frightening. Others are shorter, closer to the ground, freshly painted with well-tended gardens. And some simply don't know you exist.
We all know and love chocolate for its taste—irresistible, warm, velvety bittersweet. You may also have heard about the “health benefits” of chocolate. But is that just a marketing gimmick or is it really true that chocolate heals?
Confession time. How much exercise have you done today? How about yesterday? Over the course of the past week? And why am I talking about exercise on a blog meant to discuss writing? Because getting your body up and moving is good for your plotlines.
This weekend, we unplugged.
We packed up our car with a brand new Kelty tent, a dozen eggs, three hiking poles, a bar of organic chocolate, and headed for the hills.
An hour of winding road later we were in the middle of a redwood forest.
While the annual frenzy of chocolate and roses that is St. Valentine’s Day runs its course, let’s talk about what no advertiser seems to get, and what every writer should: real romance.
In our online conversation two weeks ago, I exhorted The Write Practice community to answer three fundamental questions about their writer's soul, and asked you to tell me what you need help with the most.
The average lifespan these days, at least in the US, is 78.6 years. Depending on when you officially decided that you either are, or want to be, a writer, as in, a published, professional, and yes, paid author, you have X years left to practice your craft and claim your spot in the long literary line of writers and scribes since the dawn of history. While you do the math on that, I've written this very first official Birgitte's Write Practice blog post to ask you what you need help with the most.