Liz Shine lives in Olympia, WA in the USA. She believes in the power of practice, and has been practicing writing since some time in the early 90s when she became an adult in the rain-soaked city of Aberdeen. Writing began with journaling, as a way to understand a confusing, often violent coming-of-age. She writes mostly fiction, some nonfiction and poetry, and holds an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writers Workshop. She has published in Shark Reef, Dual Coast, and Blue Crow Magazine.Two of her books are available directly from her, from your local bookstore, or from Amazon. See Liz’s Published Works to read more. When she isn’t writing or reading, she is teaching, getting outdoors, and in every way trying to be in the wonder of the moment. She is the proprietor of Red Dress Press and the author of Make Time, a blog meant to encourage herself and others to make time for creative work.
Liz is a high school English teacher who wakes up at four each weekday morning to write. She walks to work and has to leave by 6:30, so after feeding and letting out the dogs and making tea, she maybe has an hour left to write if she stays willful and does not check email or any other writing distraction “real quick”. Her daily writing goal when she is producing new work is 500 words per day. She works on new projects from January–August and works at editing and publication in September through December. There is flexibility and some cross over, of course, but that is the general focus of her work.
Liz started practicing yoga at 15 and continues to this day. The focus she has learned in practicing yoga pushes her work as a writer forward. The “struggle” of writing is not unlike the struggle of meditation, which yoga is designed to prepare the body for. She considers the mind-body connection deeply in her work, which is part of why if you live in Olympia you might see her walking a lot. She walks to unstick knots in her mind, move her stories forward.