Author Archives: Theo Pauline Nestor

About Theo Pauline Nestor

Author of Writing Is My Drink (Simon & Schuster) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed. Learn more about my courses, editing, and coaching at TheoNestor.com.

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 often slip into believing we must have perfect conditions to write. But the truth is when we truly must commit our words to the page, we will write–despite the conditions. Four days after white clergy published a statement … 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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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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Registration now open for January Memoir Essentials Webinar with Theo Pauline Nestor

This course has now passed but it is still possible to register and receive recordings of all four sessions as well as the corresponding handouts. To register, pay via the pink Pay Pal button below. “What happened to the writer … Continue reading

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What I Learned About Life and Writing Onstage with Cheryl Strayed

A few weeks ago I did an onstage conversation with Cheryl Strayed here in Seattle about her new book, Brave Enough, a collection of quotes that yield up her trademark no-nonsense wisdom. The entire experience was a Dear Sugar Boot … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Writing Time: August 16th at 10am Pacific

On Sunday August 16th, I’ll be offering a writing prompt webinar called “Sunday Morning Writing Time”  from 10am to 11:15am Pacific Time. During this writing prompt webinar, I will give a series of prompts designed to help you dig deep … Continue reading

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Doe Bay Writers’ Retreat with Theo Nestor, October 1-4, 2015

Join us for the Doe Bay Writers’ Retreat–three days of classes, writing time, and fun in the autumnal beauty of Orcas Island at Doe Bay Resort & Retreat. During those three days, you will have the opportunity to connect with … Continue reading

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