The Trough of the Wave

We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid that it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is … Continue reading

SOME Return on the Investment

Last week, I proposed that being published is not necessarily the be-all and end-all of every effort at writing, that most people engage in the other arts without expectation of being paid for whatever they create. And why shouldn't writing be the same? I also pointed out that a drive to publish … Continue reading

A Letter from a Reader

Hi, Marion, I have a question that I don't have the courage to post publicly, but I thought I would send it to you in confidence and see if you wish to address it or not. I am at the panic stage of writing, really. Four years out of my MFA program, lots of rejections, close calls, "good" … Continue reading

A Continuing Conversation

Last week, talking further about the effects of aging on my work as a writer, I spoke of now being more successful in “getting out of my own way” when I sit down to write. I said that I find myself far less concerned about what anyone else—friends, agent, editors, reviewers, etc.—will think … Continue reading

Getting Out of My Own Way

One reader had this response to the comments I made last week about the impact of aging—and the inevitable awareness of mortality that accompanies aging—on my work as a writer. I know exactly what you mean about now being more fully into my work. In the past, juggling all my responsibilities … Continue reading