Spark what?

Marie Kondo’s Netflix show on the transformational effect of tidying up has blown up. I’ve heard NPR shows about the effects of the decluttering craze (a thrift store bonanza), seen countless posts online about goals for emptying out closets and garages, and heard pushback about some of her advice (especially about books). Full disclosure: I…

I’ve Got a Bone to Pick with Malcolm Gladwell.

I’ve read several of Malcom Gladwell’s books (Outliers is my favorite) and respect his thinking and writing ability. However, a former writing student took his online Masterclass recently and wrote me in shock over what he’s teaching about writing about our own lives. Here’s what she wrote to me after watching his teaching – I’ve…

Sadness, writing and readability…

A writing student sent a question to my inbox that I thought you may be interested in: Hello Molly, So exciting to see you “ in the arena”. Fighting the good fight!.  I have something I need a little help/ push with. I’ve noticed how deeply sad all my stories are at their core. I…

The Year of the Cup

Throwing a shoe at them seemed like it should work. But it usually proved to be either too heavy to actually reach the ceiling or too light to dislodge the target. And if it was a boot or clog, it could cause some real damage on the way down too. I really didn’t get the…

My Next Book…

My next book features a teenager named Addie Queen. Addie is struggling – her dad is in jail for a white-collar crime, her boyfriend is acting weird, her mom is stressed out, everyone at youth group seems to be fake and her few times of peace are while practicing her violin or with her little…

Have you wondered too?

I received these questions recently in my inbox from one of my online writing students. Molly, do you believe writing your memoir freed you from your past ? Did you solve your past before you wrote and use the writing to simply excise the residual pain or did writing take your pain and make sense…

A Letter I’ll Never Send

Dear Dad, I don’t remember ever writing to you when you were alive, not even when thousands of miles separated us. We didn’t have that kind of father-daughter ease of communication and that’s ok. I’ve made my peace with the fact that both of us were doing the best we could. The truth is, writing this…

Books are a few of my favorite things…

I’ve started a new writing project. I often catch myself talking about it and saying that it’s hard, which it is. But it’s also awesome. Chipping away with my words and thoughts, not being certain exactly where I’m headed but going anyway – it’s the backbone of my creative life. And reading other people’s books…

The back-to-school rituals

I’ve been thinking about routines lately, especially as summer is winding down and I’m anticipating my daughters returning to high school. My oldest will be a senior! (little Emma will graduate soon!) The routines have changed a lot since they were little. Thankfully there are no more diapers but I often spend most of my…

How do we remember?

I’ve been thinking about memory a lot lately. Like, why do we remember some things and not others? I can recite how one of my customers took his coffee twenty years ago but fail to recall that we are out of dog food as I’m driving by the store. And why do the painful occasions…