Embracing My Inner Critic

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler “Sometimes the best helping hand you get is a good, firm push” Joann Thomas I sat in author, June Gould’s workshop at the recent International Women’s Writing Guild Conference holding back reading the story I had just written, letting my inner critic, Gertrude, get her way. I was  thinking what I had written was not as good as everyone else’s. I had made myself a promise to read in most every  workshop but at that moment I held back. When I read the piece a few weeks later, I realized  that it was fine and I really could have read it. So I decided to send my inner critic packing: “You know, I’m sitting here minding my own business.” I said, annoyed. “It’s my...

Getting in Touch with the Poet Within

‘AT THE TOUCH OF LOVE,EVERYONE BECOMES A POET.” Plato  I never thought of myself as a poet, but after I heard poet and author Mary Mackey in the NAMW Teleseminar talk about the role that poetry can play in writing, I began to see how  poetry may be a good place to start the creative process of using my words to convey my feelings and experiences. Mary talked about writing with “creative flow”, not stopping to edit or critique the words along the way.  “Capture precious memories when creative thought puts itself into words”. Her website is rich with her beautiful work, including novels about the Civil War,The Widow’s War and The Notorious Mrs. Winston which flowed from poems she had written. It is worth a visit.  I thought...

Finding the Magic…

AN IDEA CAN TURN TO DUST OR MAGIC DEPENDING ON THE TALENT THAT RUBS AGAINST IT.” William Bernback This week, I ‘m at the International Women’s Writing Guild’s 34th Annual Summer Conference  at Brown University in Providence ,Rhode Island, “Remember the Magic 2010″ It didn’t start out so magical though. The train ride from New York’s Penn Station was long and there was chaos at each of the five quick stops before Providence. Chatting with the lady next to me helped the time go by. She was excited to be visiting her brother and sister-in-law in New London,Ct. Our conversation ended abruptly when her stop was announced  and she got caught up in the flurry of getting her bag from the front of the cab as new passengers...