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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Three months to live … differently

At the start of 2014, I drafted a series of ambitious goals, the SMART kind, which involve specific, measurable steps with corresponding deadlines. A few weeks later, I crunched numbers to find that two of my goals weren’t financially worth the effort, and letting them go was a welcome relief. Even if those projects had […]

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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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Unfinished stories, shelved dreams, and the constant creative impulse

When I was a little girl–third grade maybe–I started writing my first “book,” called The Bubblegum Tree. The plot premise was a young girl and her younger brother discover a portal to an enchanted other world through a tree in their backyard that sprung up out of an accidentally planted piece of chewed bubblegum. I […]

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Hello, page fright

The fact that any blog finally launches, however feebly, after several years of pondering it and putting it off, is a testament that even the most deep-seated resistance can be overcome. But, oh, the crazy-making in the process! An empty blog, theme freshly uploaded, is just as frightening as any blank page or canvas. It […]

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