I am a writer, writing coach and teacher and I haven't been posting recently because I am pursuing my MFA in Fiction which involves rewriting my novel, writing critical essays analyzing plot, point of view, voice, structure. Having turned in 12 chapters of my novel, and learned a tremendous amount about writing from analyzing writers like Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Nabokov, I am back and ready to share my new found knowledge.

For the New Year, I'll be launching a series of posts on the Writing Life, mine and yours. I'll post three times a week, one longer piece, one piece with quotes and links, and one piece with exercises. Let's start with a juicy quote and a link to my favorite writers' web site.

Steven Pressfield (http://www.stevenpressfield.com/), author of The War of Art, writes weekly about the writing life, with emphasis on getting published, staying on track, and going the distance. If you have a moment, read The War of Art. It might change your life. It changed mine! And follow Steven weekly.

From Wendell Berry, the poet, one of my favorite quotes about working as an artist:

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings. 

Next post, I will give you a couple of exercises to baffle your mind! Until then, keep writing.