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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Wednesday excerpt, book giveaway, and a really good recommendation!

For this special Wednesday, we have an interview excerpt between two Meadowlark authors, book excerpts from Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's new Meadowlark book, How Time Moves, as well as another special giveaway opportunity for a free copy of the book.

The Interview

The other day, I was reading the interview Cheryl Unruh did with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, and I was so taken by Cheryl's unique and valuable questions and Caryn's quick and confident answers that it felt important to share an excerpt of the interview with you:

"In a writing workshop many years ago, I latched onto one of your comments. You said that you yourself don’t get writer’s block, that if you get stuck on one project, you just move on to another project – that you have several works-in-progress at once. I can’t tell you how valuable that concept has been for me. Because of that, I tend to have 3-4 projects going. For any writers who feel blocked, do you have additional suggestions on how to get unblocked?

"Yup, I don’t think we need to embrace the notion of writer’s block, which is not to say that sometimes we can’t find the right way to finish or start something. But by re-interpreting that moment as something more like, “Well, I’m just not ready to do this at this moment, and I’ll come back to it,” then do something else, we can free ourselves from the numbing or torturous impact of being stuck. There’s a lot of unhealthy myths about the writing life, including and especially that the writer needs to be constantly tormented, and I reject those myths as much as possible.

"What to do if you’re not ready to write something, if the thing itself isn’t ripe for showing up on the page? Write something else, take a walk or nap, drink some very cold water or hot tea, watch a TED talk, play some loud fiddle music, open a book and begin reading, and in short order, take the pressure off yourself. That pressure can cause you pain and also, it will absolutely shut down the possibility of new growth coming through. I like to work on numerous projects at once too, and I just go where the energy is. Although I spend many years on each book, the books get done eventually, and it can add up to a lot of books."

We are proud of our Meadowlark authors and love when they get together to talk craft and philosophy! I highly encourage you to read the interview in full HERE.

The Poems!


Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Meadowlark Press have another gift for you! Respond to the prompt below in the comments on the webpage, our Facebook page, or our Instagram page, and you'll be eligible for a chance to win a copy of How Time Moves: New and Selected Poems.

Here's how it works:
Win a free copy of How Time Moves
 by telling us about a time you worked through writer's block, or another type of mental block.  

Write your response in the comments section of our website 
or the original (not shared) social media post. At 7 p.m. Friday, we'll randomly choose and announce a winner. Please feel free to tag friends, too! 

Fine print: You must be at least 13 and have not already won a free copy of this book. This promotion is not sponsored, administered, or associated with Facebook and Instagram. 

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