Archive | My writing life

Cover of Cliff's Notes for The Age of Innocence, from Into the Silence, by Beth Mende Conny

Into the silence

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! We cry out from the get-go. It is our very first act of being. We go from fluid warm darkness into a bright, sharp world filled with sounds and smells and warm hands on bodies we do […]

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Image of sun breaking through clouds, from Nirvana, by Beth Mende Conny

Nirvana

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! Saw the doctor this week and it’s official: I’m sick. Some viral crap. But sick is for other people. I have too much to do. I noted this to my husband and he got ticked. “There’s nothing […]

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Image of green money plant in front of open white window

The open window

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! Ah, the first true sign of Spring: I open a window. Not wide; the morning has a bite to it. But the sun is up, the sky is clear and I can feel the planet shift toward […]

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Image of Babu, from Writing is a Heartache, by Beth Mende Conny

Cold Cuts, Pastries, Funerals

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! When I was a kid, funerals were my favorite gatherings. Strangers would appear at the door, bearing platters of smartly folded cold cuts and pretty pink boxes of pastries. When they heard I was Judy’s girl, they’d […]

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Tiny mocha with a heart in the foam, a pen and writing paper sit on a rough-hewn wood desk. Tools for writing in 2018.

What Every Writer Needs in 2018

I’ve been writing ever since I first learned to form letters on a page. I went “pro” some 30-plus years ago and have learned much about my craft and self in the process. I know, for example, that I must have certain things in my life if I am to succeed in 2018. Here goes! A reason to write I write because I have to, because the urge is almost physical in nature. I see […]

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Image of multicolored gold, orange and blue butterfly on purple flowers, from Writing is a Heartache, by Beth Mende Conny

Writing is a heartache

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! The heart truly aches, swells with ideas that don’t seek expression as much as release. The pressure builds with every passing word — the gems of language and insight that we let slip, literally, from our fingers. […]

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I learn the facts of life, by Beth Mende Conny

I learn the facts of life

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! I am 10-years-old. My friend Laura asks, “Do you know where babies come from?” I don’t like her tone; it is more of a taunt. Laura is as close to being a woman of the world as […]

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