Let’s jump off the NaNoWriMo bridge together!

Sage CohenUncategorized18 Comments

One of the ongoing debates in my household growing up went something like this: Me: “But Mom, all the other kids are doing it!” My mom: “If all the other kids were jumping off a bridge, would you jump too?” Of course, this is not a question meant to invite an answer–it is intended to interrupt an unreasonable request with … Read More

Writing the unbearable

Sage CohenUncategorized10 Comments

These are unbearable times for so many of us. With the natural world and human landscape full of turbulence and terror, many of us feel out of control and unsafe. I believe that in times of deep difficulty, we have an opportunity to both soften and strengthen, and that both are essential. I believe that feeling it all is, paradoxically, … Read More

Love the dog you pick

Sage CohenUncategorized2 Comments

I was lying on the floor next to my dog Hamachi, rubbing her belly and crooning into her ear about how beautiful she is, what a wonderful friend she is, how much I love her. As she smiled and yowled back at me through her crooked little front teeth and her black-lipped snarl, I marveled that I had lived with … Read More

He Taught Me How to Go Pro

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This week I read Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield and attended Sam Blackman’s celebration of life, two events that seem deeply intertwined as I settle more deeply into Sam’s loss. In a museum-sized swell of mourners that could not begin to fill the space Sam left in his wake, I was seated next to my eight-year-old son, Theo. Next to him was Jon, the … Read More

Are you building a cathedral?

Sage CohenFierce writing, The life poetic4 Comments

In one of my favorite allegories, a traveler in medieval times comes upon a stonemason at work. He asks, “What are you doing?” The man looks weary and unhappy. He responds, “Can’t you see I am cutting and laying down stone? My back is killing me, and I can’t wait to stop.” The traveler continues on his way and comes … Read More

We’re better together

Sage CohenFierce writing, Sage sightings, Study with Sage0 Comments

Writing is commonly thought to be a solo activity. But I believe that a sustainable writing life takes a village. When we feel connected to community and are engaged in collaboration, our productivity and satisfaction can exponentially increase. When we gather to share our work, explore our ideas, and declare our intentions, we increase our odds of success. {tweet it} Why? … Read More

Are your writing goals big enough?

Sage CohenFierce writing7 Comments

“I kept hearing advice, like ‘just get out of bed, just make pot of coffee.’ If my goal is only to get out of bed, I’d never accomplish anything,” she said. Her advice to others coming out of a difficult situation? “Set goals impossibly big — look at the big picture.” The headline got my attention: “Single mom builds 3,500-square-foot … Read More

Are you the poetry lady (or man)?

Sage CohenThe life poetic16 Comments

As my dog, Hamachi, and I descended our front steps into the well-worn rhythm of our morning walk, a car pulled into the space behind my own at the curb. Machi and I both pricked our ears in anticipation as the man behind the wheel got out and strode toward us. Was he delivering a package? Did he need help with something? “Hi!” he … Read More

Yes, no, and what really matters

Sage CohenFierce writing, Productive writing6 Comments

It’s that time time of year when many of us are reckoning with how 2016 went down while also anticipating what 2017 will be. Here at Sage Headquarters, I’m appreciating a practice I’ve adopted this year that makes this process a bit more streamlined than usual. It started like this. When I turned 47 this year, I promised myself that … Read More

There is a crack in everything

Sage CohenProductive writing, The life poetic14 Comments

I believe we don’t live in our lives; we live in the stories we tell about our lives. What happened is far less significant than how we interpret what it means to us—and how this leads us forward. Which is why I have dedicated a lifetime to studying the possibilities of language, poem, and story. One of my great teachers … Read More