ANNOUNCING For the first time Writing from the Womb will be available as an online course. I am so excited to be able to offer a course where writers from all over the world can participate. All you need is internet and a laptop and you are part of this powerful community of writers. Because… Continue reading Writing from the Womb Available ONLINE
Good morning writers! Welcome to Day 1 of the 21 Day Writing Challenge: Writing on the #transsiberian @TranssibRail Today we begin. I am so happy to have a such a large group of writers joining. For 21 Days we will be writing together, but the real commitment is the one we are making to our… Continue reading DAY 1 ~ Welcome and Departure! #transsiberianwriters #21daywritingchallenge
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. Khalil Gibran Most religions recognize some form of honoring the divine, this invisible presence and representation of a force and source that is passed down as religious text, from person to person, culture to culture and from belief… Continue reading My Iyaworaje: The First 200 Days (part 1)
"I'm always trying to write about the most important things that people do. The places in their lives where they feel the greatest stress, the places where they feel the greatest passion and how they deal with those things and how they survive them and make their lives go on. Being in love with somebody… Continue reading What makes life worthwhile?
"African narratives in the West, they proliferate. I really don't care anymore. I'm more interested in the stories we tell about ourselves -- how as a writer, I find that African writers have always been the curators of our humanity on this continent. The question is, how do I balance narratives that are wonderful with… Continue reading Balancing Vulnerability with Transformation
Writers, we fear so many things. That we won't have what it takes. That we will run out of words. Perhaps that great idea should go in another book. "Often the writing process is filled with a sense of jeopardy because, in essence, with every book I turn myself inside out. One of the things… Continue reading You have to give everything away every single time!
"So I don't keep a notebook of good lines, good thoughts or dreams. I have too many stories in my head rather than too few. Until very recently I had to grab whatever time I could because I worked at one full-time job, three part-time jobs and so on. When I was ready to sit… Continue reading There’s not a single second of my life when I’m not thinking story…
"So much of what I do is unconscious. I choose not to dissect why certain images appear when I'm writing. I just let them lead and take me where they will. I attempt to make connections. I often feel that my connections are just as good as someone else's in that regard. Because, when the… Continue reading Messages, Dreams & Omens
On inspiration coming from our experiences and our dreams... "I dreamed that's how it would happen for my protagonist: she would see a man in the middle of a jailbreak and, by his eyes, no him totally. No his fear and his terror and know that they were her own. The whole thing became alive… Continue reading Inspiration & Dreams
Perhaps this year you will know that YOU ARE A WRITER! This year's focus in Writing from the Womb is about complete surrender to the process of crafting a story, living in the world of our characters, writing with intention and committing fully to "Birthing the Story!" I have met many women who have risen to the… Continue reading Writing from the Womb Workshop