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On Writing As An Adventure: How My Analyst Helped Me Through My Writer's Block

  • Posted on: 7 October 2015
  • By: pythia
I was well into my second decade of analysis when I hit a wall in my freelance writing career. It was early 2000, and, gathering my courage, I’d submitted a query to GEORGE magazine—with its marriage of politics and celebrity, one of the coolest “glossies” on the newsstands at the time—only to have it politely rejected. Downhearted and downcast at my next session, I indulged in some mawkish self-pity. I’d also brought in a dream from the night before: in it, a huge, whirling black hole had opened up.

On Synchronicity and Writing

  • Posted on: 28 July 2015
  • By: pythia

I was raised by a mother who was fond of advising me, when out shopping, that if a particular something—say a blouse, or once it was a mirror at a flea market—“spoke to me” then I should buy it. Worlds of meaning were enclosed within this simple phrase, worlds that came welling up out of her Argentine girlhood with all the force of a magical incantation. I loved my Latin-born mother for this; it was a side that made my American life just a bit different: more enchanted, more mysterious, more interesting.

Guardian of the Well

  • Posted on: 1 July 2015
  • By: pythia

Years ago, when I was struggling through a dry patch of writer’s fatigue after completing a particularly demanding feature story, my wise Jungian analyst remarked that “sometimes you have to take time to let the well fill up.” Like stones dropped into water, her words sank into my psyche and stayed there. Now and again, when I’m coming up empty with words or narrative, I practice waiting for the rain to fall and the well to fill.