Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick notes from my desk.

1. I’ve been invited to a new podcast to talk about one of the biblical passages behind one of the poems in Birthright. We’re slated to record on Friday, so I’m busy returning to the materials that I studied when I began drafting the poem for a refresher mini-course. I’m always a little nervous (okay—maybe more than a little!) before interviews and discussions/readings. But I guess we all need to face these kinds of fears. I’ll keep you posted about how it goes/when the episode becomes available.

2. Also happening Friday: The August issue of The Practicing Writer will go out. If you’re not yet a subscriber, sign up now! And give the July issue one last look for the opportunities listed there that remain open for submissions.

3. Late last week I chatted with one of my friends-who-is-also-a-writer, and among other things, she convinced me that I need to make more of an effort to get outside every day. So I’m trying to go for short walks, early enough to avoid both the oppressive heat and the crowds. (Not everyone is masked, although I know that compliance rates are higher here than in many other places.) I’m hoping that this practice may also improve my writerly productivity—I know that fresh air and exercise have made a difference to my work in the past.

Here’s a photo from one of my recent excursions to a nearby park. Early enough that the nighttime lamps were still lit!
trees and walkway in a local park, early morning

6 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Erika,
    I can appreciate the advance to step outside. I’ve only done that to go to the supermarket once a week. Both Julia Cameron and my doctor advise it, too. Maybe you’ve motivated me!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Try it!

  2. Good luck on the podcast! You’ll be great!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      We’ll see! Thanks, Julie!

  3. April Crews says:

    I never thought about taking a walk to help with writing, but it does refresh both mentally and physically. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      It’s often made a huge difference for me, but since March, I’ve really lost the habit.

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