Posts tagged ‘Shawna Ayoub Ainslie’

Oct 10 2018
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Respect the process to meet your writing goals

Respect the process to meet your writing goals

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie offers an exercise to integrate into your writing practice, one that’s as much about recognizing where you’ve been as it is about planning where you’re going. Writer Brenda Ueland, in her book If You Want to Write, describes a writing practice as coming to the page and remaining with it whether or not writing happens. Translation: a true writer shows up even when the words don’t. Ueland adds that, with consistent showing up, the…

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May 23 2018
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4 workout tips to strengthen writing muscles

4 workout tips to strengthen writing muscles

Feeling motivated to make some writing gains but overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Shawna Ayoub Ainslie shares some workout advice that translates easily to overcoming challenges on the page. When you want to develop any skill, you practice it. When I learned to play basketball, I started with dribbling and passing drills that improved my hand-eye coordination and in-game reflexes. When I learned to swim, I practiced floating. When I learned to write…

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May 16 2018
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Teacher feature: Shawna Ayoub Ainslie on writing as “an avenue to wellness”

Teacher feature: Shawna Ayoub Ainslie on writing as "an avenue to wellness"

Writing through Trauma to Truth teacher Shawna Ayoub Ainslie shares some insights into both her teaching and creative processes. Director Stacia M. Fleegal: What excites you, inspires you, makes you grin from ear to ear about your Center class? Where is the joy for you in the teaching? Is there any relationship between the pleasure you feel teaching and the pleasure you feel when you’re writing? SAA:  Writing has been a powerful coping tool for the…

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May 08 2018
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How to end your story already! (in 3 steps)

How to end your story already! (in 3 steps)

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie shares some tips for placing the final puzzle piece in a story that doesn’t seem to want to end. If I am being very honest, I am not great at endings. Writing beginnings and middles feels natural to me, as I am swept along by possibility. An ending puts, well, an end to the joy of the writing journey. Once I’ve committed, there is still revision to do, but it is (hopefully)…

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