Make This Poem Better: “Ursa Major Wakes in January”

Make This Poem Better: "Ursa Major Wakes in January"

It’s back! Last June, I posted a draft of “The Lime-and-Tequila Love Song” as a revision exercise. The idea was to see what different poets would do with a single rough draft … and to give you an exercise in creativity and voice. I was really excited about the response, so we’re back for another round. Like … Read more…

How to Radically Empower Your Writing … By Surrendering It

5 Mostly-Practical Ways to Surrender Your Writing to God

About two years ago, while kneeling in a pew at St. Vincent Basilica, I was about ready to throw in the towel with this writing business. That was part of the reason I was on retreat there in the first place. I knew I wanted to be a great writer and somehow glorify God through it. I had … Read more…

2 Simple Things Chekhov Taught Me About Balancing Life and Art

Chekhov Family Photo 1874

I once read that if you want to be a writer, you must take an ax to the rest of your life. Writing, like other arts, demands time. You need time to create. Time to ruminate. Time to rethink and revise. You even need time to share and promote your work. Then, when you start to build … Read more…