Feelings come and go.
Everyone gets into low emotional states from time to time. Sometimes, though, people get stuck in negative emotional states. No matter what they try, it feels ineffectual, like trying to fight their way out of a paper sack.
You’re here because you want to try something … Read more
It can be hard to press on and finish a first draft, especially when you discover there is a critical problem with the way you have been writing it.
Let’s say you’re writing a novel with an awesome story and a great main character. Everything seems to be going along … Read more
When you write…
Like a toddler in a tantrum making a mess, let it rip.
Let the voice be unfettered. Let the page be filled.
Go with what comes. Different one moment to the next.
For a time, you write the sweetest truths.
You write your long-held secrets so encapsulated … Read more
I will not Reason & Compare, my business is to Create! William Blake
As a writer, it is all to easy to get bogged down by complex ideas, intricately layered plot points. It can feel overwhelming to navigate scene after scene and wonder whether the pacing feels believable or whether … Read more
Why do you need talking points?
Maybe you need to give a speech or a presentation. Maybe you just want to organize your thinking around a big topic so that if you have an impromptu conversation, you feel prepared.
It’s easier to hold a few talking points than to try … Read more
If you’ve been to an art gallery, especially an art gallery showing anything remotely modern or abstract expressionist, you’ve probably heard someone say “Pssh. That looks like something I could have done.”
Maybe you’ve said it yourself: “I could have done that.”
OK, but you didn’t. Maybe that’s a hum-dinger … Read more
People say to “trust the process” but what does that mean?
It can mean a lot of things.
Some advice might feel watered down, like suggesting to someone who is genuinely blocked that they can fix all their problems by “chilling out.”
On the other hand, trusting the process is … Read more
I’m assuming you love to write.
Sometimes it’s bliss, it’s ferocious and delicious. You’re on fire.
Other times, nothing comes. Or it feels flat. You write because you have to. You force it.
So maybe you pour yourself more coffee. if it doesn’t help you write faster, at least it … Read more
It’s vital to spend the early hours of each day focused on the activities that bring us the most richness and depth.
Studies consistently show how the happiest and most productive people spend their early morning hours doing things that some people struggle to ever get around to.
Many people … Read more
When we read a story, we get transported to someplace.
For this to happen, people talk about the need for the reader to have a willing suspension of disbelief.
This phrase came from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the Romantic writer.
“In this idea originated the plan of the ‘Lyrical Ballads’; in
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