1. What’s the most notable way yoga has influenced your creative life?
In learning to let things go. I mean this in three senses: I used to hold onto writing, afraid to share it, and now I feel none of that. I also have no hesitation anymore in cutting massive sections of my work - over the past week I've cut 140 pages of my second novel and feel happy and light, knowing it's better without them. I'm also getting better at letting go of the goal and living in the work itself.
2. What are you most excited about sharing at Yoga + Writing?
Being a good editor and teacher means being a good listener, and I'm really excited to hear other peoples' stories and help them set and achieve their intentions.
3. How does your writing practice shape your life? Or how is your life shaped by your writing practice?
It depends where I'm at in the process - my daily goals change according to whether I'm developing a story, writing it, or editing it. But writing every day gives me an anchor to the world and to myself. I prefer to keep timing flexible and shape everything else around that.
4. What do you think is so special / magical about the act of writing?
Since I've come to consider writing my job, I no longer think of it as something that's magical: rather, it's a craft that I work at regularly, and demystifying it makes it more approachable.
I'd like to quote my friend and fellow writer Ben Stephenson, with whom I correspond a lot about writing: "It's funny how writing is not at all therapy, is it? This guy Michel Houellebecq I was reading today actually said the same thing, too. And I think I agree. But it used to be therapeutic, maybe, didn't it? At first? Now it feels like a compulsion, or something I've told everyone I do and so I must do, and sometimes, when I'm lucky, a gift. Definitely not something reliable. In that way it's just a parallel to life, I guess?"