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Inspiration and Bravery and Rewards

  I am always looking for writing inspiration. Aren’t you? If you’re a writer–or a teacher–I bet the answer is YES. I often go to talks and lectures hoping for inspiration, and only sometimes get it. I think that’s because inspiration is so personal. A few weeks ago I went to an event that was inspiring for many reasons.  I wrote about it here for the Highlights Foundation blog. One moment that I didn’t write about in that post was when Elizabeth Strout said she writes through the panic. She always panics during the writing of a book, and she knows she … Continue reading

Anne Izard, Gardening, Revising, Apologizing

          Back when we lived in Pennsylvania we had a garden that was the bane of my existence. Most of our property was in the woods, in shade, but the people who lived in the house before us put in this large perennial garden right by the road. It was filled with wildflowers, exotic things that looked like weeds. Or were they weeds? I asked every friend who gardened to help me figure out what to pull, what to keep. I had no memory for flowers, a brown thumb, and Jon was no better. We were … Continue reading