Lisa Rivero

Write your way to a more meaningful life.

“Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning.” ~ Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

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Photo credit: Denise Krebs, 
2012-259 A Writing Six-Word Story, (CC BY 2.0)

Writers: Stop pretending to yourselves to be anything but what you are

Grandma, late 1920s

Grandma’s Ball of String: the theory of everything slowly unfolds

Best Wishes postcard

Call for Submissions: New Family Stories Anthology (deadline extended to Sept. 1)

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Writing Prompts, Exercises, and Practice


Lin-Manuel Miranda: Grown-Up Gifted Kid


Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration: Wandering Upward

Welcome to my online home! A little about me...


Originally from rural South Dakota, I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I write fiction and non-fiction, change water for my rappin’ betta fish (Marshall), read in my comfy chair, listen to hip-hop and other music (currently the Hamilton soundtrack over and over and over, like I’m running out of time), and feed the squirrels.

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I have been blogging at this site for over six years and at Psychology Today for five years.

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As a professional freelance book indexer, I have indexed of hundreds of titles (read my indexing-related short story, “See Also,”  published in the Spring 2012 issue of The Adirondack Review). Recently I made the transition to working for myself full-time. I’m a good boss.