Dare to live differently

John Lennon Quote

Sometimes life has to get really, really uncomfortable before we are willing and motivated to make lasting change. Debt has to become an unbearable weight before we alter our spending habits. Corporate life has to become so soul-crushingly miserable that we are willing to give up the regular paycheck. The pressure of not acting on […]

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On second chances

We are not done at twenty, thirty, forty or fifty; we have not ruined our chances by not writing for a decade; we have not precluded the possibility of a second act by making even the worst mistake. Alcoholics get sober, cowardly lions find their courage, and with each new dawn, every writer gets a […]

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Author Sally Lloyd-Jones on storytelling

In my last post I mentioned frequently reading interviews with writers who share their creative insights and daily work process. The International Arts Movement recently featured author Sally Lloyd-Jones in an interview on her creative process and insights. Below are a few of my favorite nuggets. “For me it is key to keep things playful, […]

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‘My Best Hours’: An interview for Ocsplora

Heather Ebert Medium Interview

I often read interviews in which writers share their creative insights and daily routines, but recently I had the honor of being asked to share my own. In an interview for OCSPLORA, I delved into my journey from the corporate slog to freelance writing. OCSPLORA: The Creative Revolutionary’s Handbook is an online publication produced by […]

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What the world asks of you is courage

Write everyday. Line by line. Page by page. Hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage. Courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully, but write boldly. […]

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The Writer’s Integrity Belt

The other day medieval chastity belts came to mind–not sure whether they were fact or fiction–but the concept inspired me as something writers could adapt for their own purposes. Not to stay chaste, but to keep from constantly getting up to attend to urgent but less important tasks–the ones that all come to mind when […]

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Anne Lamott’s encouragement to writers

This Anne Lamott quote isn’t from any of her books, but came from a post on Twitter some summers ago. Lamott also wrote a beautifully encouraging Facebook post that expounded on this very idea. An excerpt: “If you always dreamed of writing a novel or a memoir, and you used to love to write, and […]

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