Why Write? Ask William Robichaud

All of us have or will be there–– we wrestle with whether or not we should keep writing. Here is one writer and poet, William Robichaud, answering this question for himself, and perhaps for all of us: I write so I don’t have to think about it anymore, and to think about it more.  I write to get things out of my head, get them archived onto paper, and thus free room in my mind to think about the next things. At the same time, the process of assembling my ideas and prejudices into a cohesive and cogent piece of writing … Continue reading

Writing is Good For Us

Writing is like stretching. It is a good thing to do and something we are naturally inclined to do. But as we get older we forget to stretch. This forgetting has consequences. If you want to write (like your body wants to stretch), then write. Resistance, doubts, fears, forgetfulness can stop us from writing. It is not a lack of talent that stops us––if you want to write this is reason enough. But, Who am I to write this book? What right do I have to share my story? Who cares? What difference will it make? You are a human being. You have … Continue reading

Finding What We Already Possess

Truth is within ourselves, it takes no rise from outward things; whate’er you may believe there is an inmost center in us all where truth abides in fullness; and around, wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in, this perfect, clear perception which is Truth. A baffling and perverting carnal mesh Binds it and makes all error; and to know rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape than in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without. Robert Browning, from “Paracelsus” I have written in journals since the age of 16, which is … Continue reading

Writer’s Calendar

I have shared with you before that I am living the dream–– writing, working with writers, teaching through the UW, Continuing Studies and being taught by some of the best. My short story Last Call was accepted for publication in the upcoming Midwest Review. This accomplishment only happened with the guidance of Kathy Steffen and Chris Chambers. Both Chris and Kathy will be at the Writers’ Institute and Write-by-the-Lake, along with other extraordinary writing instructors. Here are some events to get down into your calendar: Writers’ Institute, 2016 UW-Madison, Continuing Studies I will be offering one workshop and one to one … Continue reading

Easier Said Than Done

One reason I enjoy facilitating transformational circles, writing support circles, and teaching creative nonfiction, is it helps me maintain my practices, while I am continually stretched beyond my comfort zone. That being said, I can be (very) resistant to learning and applying new practices. It’s good to have enthusiasm and joy for our writing (and spiritual practices) but we should still find it challenging enough to test our capacities for growth. Difficulties may be welcomed because it’s only by working through challenges and resistance that we develop as writers (and human beings). We can look at where we have resistance to sometimes … Continue reading

What Good Is It?

“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.” ― Aldo Leopold, Round River: From the Journals of Aldo Leopold   Writers, at our best, are intelligent tinkerers. We use everything … Continue reading