Category Archives: Writing & Creativity

What do I Want? What do You Want?

Tweet In the movie ”The Women”, Mary, played by Meg Ryan, discovers her husband is having an affair. Her world begins to fall apart. She then goes through a very interesting process to answer the question – “What do I want?” I love the way she processes this question. It reminds me of a vision…

Grammar Gods and Punctuation Pharaohs

Tweet I almost gave up writing this week. Why? Because, after attending the NWB Writers’ Conference I realized I couldn’t hide anymore. I couldn’t just write, close my eyes and pretend the monsters, the Grammar Gods and Punctuation Pharaohs, didn’t exist. I was once again reminded of my lack of understanding of proper punctuation and…

The Five Phases of Being a Writer

Tweet My recent attendance at the incredibly amazing and inspiring The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battlesinspired this post. The Five Phases of Being a Writer, or Artist, Dancer, Musician, Entrepreneur and Any Other Creative Vocation. Phase I I love to write. Phase II I am a writer….

Would I write if no one read what I wrote?

Tweet Would I still write if no one read what I wrote? I ponder the question and need to ask myself first, why do I write? I write because I am called to write. It is who I am. It’s how I communicate best. It’s how I think and process thoughts. It’s how I figure…

Left-Brain, Right-Brain: Battle for dominance

Tweet I always felt creative and secretly wanted to be seen as a creative person, but the scientific evidence to the contrary always made me question myself. My whole life I have been very right-hand dominant, meaning I am left-brained dominant. I am organized, logical, precise and detail oriented. When I type, my words are…

Ten-Day Sabbatical Recap

Tweet Well, my ten-day sabbatical away from my ‘day-job’ has ended and Monday is here. It was an absolutely fabulous week. Fun. Productive. Exhilarating. Exhausting (in a good way). Relaxing. And Creative. I did just what I said I was going to do. I wrote every day, meditated every day, got my new website up…

Avoiding self-censorship and finding my way to authenticity via my Tribe

Tweet I sometimes find myself censoring my thoughts and avoiding writing about things I am passionate about or that reveal too much of who I am. It is partly because many of the people who currently receive The Dreaming Café’s weekly email message and read this blog are family, friends and co-workers, people I have…

A Writers' Journey: The Beginning

Tweet I’ve always loved to read and don’t really remember ever not being able to read. By the time I was seven I was reading several grade levels above my peers. I didn’t make the connection between reading books and writing books until a visiting children’s author came to our school as a guest lecturer…

Ten-Day Sabbatical

Tweet Today begins a ten-day sabbatical from my ‘day job’. As this time approached I was making myself crazy about how I would spend my time. First, I planned to take several day trips and visit independent bookstores. I planned to create my own writing workshop at home and follow one of the outlines in…

A difficult decision, but the right choice…

Tweet Spend 10-days in Tuscan and attend the First Annual Book Festival at the University of Arizona and take a week long writing course with Sheila Bender, author of WRITING AND PUBLISHING PERSONAL ESSAYS. OR Pay off my Toyota Rav4 six months early. Spending 10-days in Tuscan, meeting writers, both published and unpublished and learning…