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Writing Poetry to Express and Heal Our Pain: Q&A with Caroline Kaufman

When you have a mental illness or you're going through certain struggles, you think it's just you. You feel alone. Incredibly alone. You think you're the only one who's devastated or numb or so nervous your body won't stop shaking. You think you're the only one who feels uncomfortable in your own skin. You think you're the only one who's overwhelmed and exhausted and lost. So very lost. You think you're the only one...

Creativity

Other Ways to Bust Through Perfection Paralysis

When we're fixated on creating a perfect product, we often end up getting paralyzed instead. We end up getting stuck. Because it feels like every move isn't the right one. So we hesitate. The page remains blank, or includes several unsatisfying sentences, and we're bombarded by a flurry of thoughts: This is terrible! This is utter crap. I'll never get it published. Obviously, I'm an amateur. Why did I think I could do this in...

Creativity

When the Pursuit for Perfection Interferes with Your Writing

You’re working on a writing project, and you're trying to get it right. You're yearning to get it right. But it's just not happening. At all. You’re writing a novel. And you’re stuck. Or you’d like to write a novel, but a question suddenly arises or keeps replaying in your head, “who do I think I am?” followed by ten thousand reasons why you shouldn’t be writing anything let alone a long piece...

Creativity

Finding the Purest Inspiration

I recently bought my husband a birthday card from Hallmark, and on the back of the paper bag was this wonderful quote from artist Barb Mizik*: "To me, making art is about being curious. I like to play with linework, texture and pattern, and see what happens when I combine different techniques. Sometimes the purest inspiration comes from looking at children's artwork, because kids are the best at being curious."


Creativity

Eating Recovery Day: The Power of Writing Letters

Today is Eating Recovery Day, a day dedicated to removing the tremendous stigma surrounding eating disorders, raising awareness, and inspiring hope for recovery. This year's theme is #MyRecoveryLetter, which invites individuals struggling or recovering from eating disorders, along with their loved ones and treatment teams to pen letters of gratitude, reflection and inspiration.


Books

When You Want to Capture Magic

Often when we want to capture a magical moment, we snap a photo with our smartphone. Maybe we post it on social media. Maybe we don't. Either way, eventually we forget about it. Which is one reason to turn to writing. Because when we try to capture a moment with words, we mull it over. We strive to find the right words to describe what we're observing. We are deliberate and intentional. Which...

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