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twice-weekly essays on writing, reading,
and the power of words to change us

I believe that writing has the alchemical ability to both reveal the truth of who we are, and to create the truth of who we are.

Over a lifetime immersed in words, I've seen firsthand how they shape our quest to understand ourselves, to make sense of the world, and how we connect with other people.

But like most things in life, the words rarely come out right the first time. The work of a lifetime is to live in The Draft: to go back to the words again and again, to write and read and rewrite until the truth emerges, and joy rushes in.

These essays explore what writing means to me, and to inspire, challenge and accompany you as we search out the truth of ourselves together. My goal is to empower you to write your way into a life that matters, both on and off the page.

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Your emails are amazing and such a dose of empowerment every day — thank you.


I’m enjoying and relating to your writing, and I’ve finally started putting out some of my own thoughts as blog posts. You definitely inspire me.


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