“For when you write, if it is to be any good at all, you must feel free — free and not anxious . . . Yes, it has made me like working to see that writing is not a performance but a generosity.” — Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write
“Style takes its final shape more from attitudes of mind than from principles of composition, for, as an elderly practitioner once remarked, ‘Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.’ This moral observation would have no place in a rule book were it not that style is the writer, and therefore what you are, rather than what you know, will at last determine your style.” — E.B. White, The Elements of Style
Although I’ve always been a writer, I’ve worked mainly as a freelance editor over the past decade. As I helped shape the words and ideas of others, I found blogging for myself very therapeutic. So most of my own writing happened on my blog — until recently when I put my editor’s hat in the back of my closet and started to spend more time with a pen and notebook again. And I’m thrilled! I usually write by hand before I type my words onto a screen. I find that my thoughts flow more naturally on paper. Also, after recently discovering the poet-philosopher David Whyte, I am rediscovering my own love for writing poetry.
I have been a monthly contributor to a homeschooling magazine called Wild + Free. You can find their publications here.
I’ve also written for the Seaside Institute, an educational non-profit in Seaside, Florida; Rhythm of the Home Magazine; the Leelanau Conservancy, a land trust in my home county in Northern Michigan; Wild + Free Magazine; Natural Food Cooperative Newsletters, and Grand Traverse Woman — among other publications. Here are a few pieces from the past few years — with links to PDFs, other websites, and my previous blog, amabellen.