Author Archives: Theo Nestor

The Question that Haunts: How to BE now?

It was a single candle that broke me open this morning. I stood outside the French doors of my new writing buddy’s house and peeked into her living room at my spot where I write while she works at the … Continue reading

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How to Keep on Writing that Freaking Book!

Question: When is 9 months “a year”? Answer: When the 9 months is spent in a manuscript class. I teach a memoir manuscript class here in Seattle at Hugo House. The class runs 9 months from September to June, and … Continue reading

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For the Love of Lynda Barry

To love the work of an artist or writer you believe has not received due recognition is its own special hell. You’re doomed to an infinite loop of recitation as you eternally rattle off X’s accomplishments and chant reminders of … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Writer

We writers sometimes fall into thinking that we must have the perfect conditions to write–the cafe thrumming with activity but not too much activity or the pristine den where a carefully curated playlist cheers us on. But the truth is … Continue reading

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“I want to double down on me.”

I’ve been pretty obsessed with Jill Soloway’s series Transparent this winter break, which led me to reading Ariel Levy’s fabulous profile of Soloway in The New Yorker titled “Dolls and Feelings.” There are a dozen reason why any emerging writer should read this profile, but the juncture of Soloway’s story that keeps replaying in my head is the one at which her career was at its lowest point and she made the decision to “double down” on herself. Continue reading

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Upcoming Writing Classes (in Seattle, Online, Beyond)

I wanted to let you know about a few new classes I’m teaching at the beginning of 2016. These are all introductory classes–ideal for someone looking to get started writing in the personal narrative genre. Sundays, Jan 3-31: I’m teaching … Continue reading

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A Short Gratitude list for a gray December Morning

1.       What genius invented the Mandarin orange? I’m not a person who likes to struggle for food. Cracking and scraping my way through a plate of crab hardly feels worth it. Shelled nuts? Seriously? Sunflower seeds? No! Yet, I love … Continue reading

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