My week without reading

I’ve been following Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way for a few weeks now. It’s a 12-week program to recover your creativity. Every morning, I get up half an hour early, make a cup of coffee, and sit down at my desk to write three pages in my journal. Every Saturday, I spend half an hour […]

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Bring your hero to life!

There’s an image that’s lived in my imagination for many years. It’s a woman walking into the distance. She’s carrying a bucket away from her body, like someone used to carrying heavy loads. I read that description more than a decade ago. The source of the image escapes me, but the image has never gone […]

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Who’s the hero in your story?

Picking the hero is the first step in planning your story. Heroes are so central in stories that a name can be enough to cause the audience to recall the entire story: Cinderella, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood, but also Harry Potter, Michael Corleone, and Jack Reacher. But what is a hero? Technically, […]

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Women and Leadership: enter Cinderella

This coming weekend, I’m going to talk to some Arnhem Together ladies about women and leadership. Me. Yeah, the girl who’s never had a formal leadership position, perhaps ever anywhere. For me to talk about leadership, I needed to reframe it. The working world hasn’t been my place for leadership. It probably never will be. […]

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Reading Notes: The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall

Story’s role in human life extends far beyond conventional novels or films. Story, and a variety of storylike activities, dominates human life. Storytelling is a fundamental drive. It’s a skill that humans have developed to survive. That’s Jonathan Gottschall’s position in The Storytelling Animal. Gottschall is an evolutionary biologist who asks a simple but important […]

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What Cinderella taught me about story bones

While on vacation in Wales this summer, I bought a beautiful used copy of Cinderella. It’s a hardcover book that used to belong to a library. On the endpaper, there are traces of due date stamps dating back to 1975. The book’s older than I am! This version was written in 1919 by CS Evans, […]

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How I ended up fairy (tale) hunting in Wales

Summer vacation has come to its end here and everywhere I go, the conversations start with sharing stories of what we did and where we went. We went to the UK, a week in East Sussex and two weeks in Wales. It was blissful. I’m trying to retain the spirit of being more in the […]

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Are you the missing ingredient in your stories?

If you’ve been to one of my workshops or met me in person at all, chances are I’ve lobbed a personal anecdote in your direction. It’s not that my life is so fascinating, but it’s the material I have to work with, so why not make the best of it? What am I likely to […]

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