• Telling Your Story

    The Value of Feedback

    You can appraise this drawing instantly. A writer lives so much in his or her head and, unlike other art forms, writing is harder to share and get feedback. Because you are living in your head, engrossed in your story, you are effectively inside a bubble. You are living and breathing a story that may or may not be good but you don’t have the distance from it to be able to appraise it yourself. Writers can exist in a place that is either filled with anxiety or bursting with their own genius. The solution? Get feedback. Feedback isn’t about feeding your ego (although for some it may be). It’s about gauging…

  • Telling Your Story

    Grand Gestures

    My life is surrounded by words. I live and breathe them. But for the second time this year I am attempting to write something that will sum up how someone has impacted my life. It’s hard. How to you whittle it down into a page or so of writing? How can you put it into words that are profound? This is going to be tested this week when I pay tribute to my father-in-law at his funeral on Friday. Tom Howlett was a man who was part of my life for almost 30 years. The grandfather to my two boys. This is no insignificant relationship. But here’s the thing. Tom…