Lessons from a clothesline

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 20 June 2014 | 1 Comments

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My basement clothesline now sags with dripping wet clothes. The forecast said thunder showers; I was swayed by the brilliant blue sky. So who do I blame: nature, myself, or this bloody Nova Scotia weather that changes literally in the blink of an eye?

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The Dark Side of the creative process

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 18 June 2014 | 3 Comments

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My lesson yesterday? The things that anger, frighten and frustrate are not minefields but diamond mines full of unruly bits that can be polished into a gem of a story. 

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14 Days, 3 things I know for sure

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 8 June 2014 | 22 Comments

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   It has been two full weeks since I promised myself and all of you a 30-day search for little things to cool the burnout and recharge the joy. Here's what I've learned:

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The Need to Get Dirty

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 30 May 2013 | 9 Comments

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When one does not know what to write, it is a time to get dirty. 

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Think, Work, Stop. Honouring your Creative Cycle.

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 15 April 2013 | 0 Comments

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   I heard this weekend that playwright Neil Simon wrote for seven months of the year, rested for five. Why? He was honouring his Cycle of Creativity.

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Longest night: Day of Doritos and Gratitude

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 18 December 2012 | 0 Comments

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Longest Night. For winter-loving folk it sings a chorus of skis and hockey. For me, it is Shortest Day, SADS on a stick, jabbing me with icy spears of dread while growling threats of carb cravings and cabin fever that even the writer's cure-all - wine - can't silence. But this year it may be different. And I have my muse to thank.

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What I Missed in 24 Hours

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 23 April 2012 | 1 Comments

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... And how I made peace in my battle of solitude vs. parenthood

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