Tag Archives: reflective writing

What’s Your Point?

What is your point?  Rude as it sounds, the question “What’s your point?” reminds writers that communication always has a purpose. We don’t write merely to put words on paper. We want to express a thought, an idea, an opinion, … Continue reading

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The Hidden Structure of Writing

The word structure can evoke images of a linear arrangement of ideas, even a certain logical rigidity. Structure, however, can also be flowing and organic. The mind creates its own connections and provides its own logic if we allow our … Continue reading

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Explore Your Senses and Write

Want to write and don’t know what to write about? Explore your senses and write about the experience as fully as you can. Put a strawberry in your mouth. Let your mouth feel it before you bite into it. Take … Continue reading

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Summer in the Universe

I’m spending some time away from work this summer. So, for the next month, I’ll be somewhere in the universe other than my office–for the most part. My blog will return in the fall as I continue to reflect on … Continue reading

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Support for Your Writing Journal

Every single day, dozens and dozens of writing ideas pass us by. Take a moment to snag some of those ideas to write about later on. I  suggest using a practice similar to Oprah’s gratitude journal. Keep a Post-It tab … Continue reading

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Change is Constant

Reflections on change seem to arise naturally out of the news these days. From earthquakes and tsunamis to tornadoes and floods, change is affecting thousands and thousands of people. Even at a distance from these disasters, we are affected by observing … Continue reading

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Journaling–Sustainable Writing Practice

“Curving back upon My own Nature, I create again and again . . . “ Bhagavad-Gita 9.8 Journaling is a sustainable writing practice that has multiple benefits not only for the aspiring writer but also for the professional writer. Sustainability, a concept, normally … Continue reading

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Road Trip Shepherdess

I may not have been herding sheep but taking even a small group of college students on a road trip can be a wandering and confusing drive. Where were those idyllic moments when I expected to be gazing at the lovely Iowa … Continue reading

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Water and Rhythms: Guest Post by Nina Metzner, Part 2

Our friend’s mother has kept supper for us—a supper right out of my childhood. Boiled green beans and potatoes, chicken and rice, fresh sliced tomatoes, peach cobbler and iced tea. I am so used to eating fast food, Cheetos, and … Continue reading

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On the Road Home

The road trip I’ve repeated most often in my life runs from Iowa to North Carolina and back again. For much of my adult life I’ve lived in Iowa, but my family home was in NC, so two or three … Continue reading

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