Motherhood & Words

The blog book tour stop today is at The Extraordinary Ordinary. I just read it through tears. Thank you, Heather. I am humbled by your words.

I met Heather a couple of years ago at the inaugural MN Blogger Conference. I did a presentation on creative nonfiction and discussed how bloggers could utilize the elements of CNF to take their blog writing to the next level. Heather was sitting to my right, and I was immediately struck by her warmth and candor. Later that day, I attended her session with tears in my eyes as I listened to her talk about the need to be true to her heart and her gut in her writing. She is brave, and so, so talented.

Heather writes about parenting and faith, family and alcoholism. If you haven’t read her blog, you must. She really is extraordinary. And you can write with Heather every week. Click here for more information on Heather’s Just Write.

Thank you, Heather, for being such an inspiration! And thank you for being a part of the Use Your Words blog book tour. I’m grateful!!

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Jennifer on May 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Kate, just wanted to say “Thank You” for publishing this book. I am so glad I found you via Heather, and that I followed my gut when it told me to buy your book and dive right in, which is just what I did this afternoon. I will most likely devouring it quickly, in the small collections of minutes I get here and there between preschool drop-off/pick-up and naptimes. But I know that I will be going back to each chapter when I am able to set aside more time for me to focus on each chapter and the thoughtful writing exercises which wrap them up so perfectly. I am both encouraged and energized by your words, and I can’t wait to keep working at improving my writing.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! For sharing your expertise with fellow mamas who wish to share their stories. That rocks.

    • Kate on May 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Dear Jennifer,

      Thank you so much for these words. You’ve just made my day. I’m BEAMING!! And I so look forward to reading your writing and learning more about your journey!