Judy Schwartz Haley

Seattle writer, Judy Schwartz Haley, blogs about raising a toddler while battling cancer, finishing a degree, and fending off ninjas. Also, she needs more coffee.

"As a writer, you should not judge. You should understand." Ernest Hemingway.

Quote Prompt: “As a writer you should not judge.”

I love using quotes as writing prompts. Whether it’s for journal writing, or getting the juices flowing for an essay or other writing, a good quote can give my brain a jumpstart and take me places I didn’t expect to go. One of the great joys of writing for me is to wander off into …

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Tips for Regenerating Creativity

When the creative well runs dry, getting your spark back requires action.

How Not to Say the Wrong Thing to Someone Who is Grieving (and how to say the right thing)

Why is it so easy to say the wrong thing to someone who is grieving? Death is universal. It happens everywhere, and eventually, to everyone. Why are we not taught, from childhood, how to respond when someone experiences a loss? Whether the loss is the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, …

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When to Start a Journal

If you are wondering when to start a journal, the short answer is now. Here’s why.

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The Case for Ugly Journals

My journal does not exist for the purpose of impressing other people. I forget that detail way too often.

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