Nancy Cavillones

Doing It.

Today’s writing exercise is inspired by the chapter titled “Writing as Practice” in Writing Down the Bones.    To do this exercise yourself, set a time limit– 10 minutes, 20 minutes, whatever. And just write. Just write down the first thing that comes to mind and go with it. Don’t think too hard. Like Anne …

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Writing Down The Bones

This is an exercise I used to do with my students, to get the writing motor going. I took the name of it from an excellent book of the same name by Natalie Goldberg. Here’s how the exercise works. Come up with three words or phrases, related to the same theme. Since identity and environment …

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A Writer

For someone who claims to be a writer, and even purports to coach others in writing, I don’t write a whole lot, neither in frequency nor in volume. Seems kind of silly, doesn’t it? Can I say “I am a writer” because that is closest thing to a marketable skill I possess? For a long …

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