Years ago, in a UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Workshop, I learned a technique called “bookending.” It’s a simple practice designed to keep one writing. The idea is to call someone, preferably a writing buddy, and to tell him or her that you’re going to write. Give as much information as you feel is necessary: how […] (Read more)
Anne Lamott’s advice about a “shitty first draft” is the most liberating advice I’ve gotten about writing. But, internalizing that advice by giving myself permission to write a shitty first draft is not so easy. When I went back to Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird, to re-read the chapter on shitty first drafts, I was […] (Read more)
Last Wednesday, I had lunch in Valencia with La Belette Rouge. We were introduced by our mutual friend and francophile, the Frogblog. I hadn’t given much thought to the meeting. It was Frog’s idea. I knew of Belette as our paths had crossed on Francophila in December 2007. Belette recommended Eric Maisel’s A Writer’s Paris […] (Read more)
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Fitch, Noel Riley. ‘Walks in Hemingway’s Paris: A Guide to Paris for the Literary Traveler. Hemingway, Ernest. A Moveable Feast. Lee, Jennifer. Paris in Mind: Three Centuries of Americans Writing about Paris. Maisel, Eric. A Writer’s Paris: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul.