To this perfection of nature in our poet we require exercise of those parts, exercitatio, and frequent. If his wit will not arrive suddenly at the dignity of the ancients, let him not yet fall out with it, quarrel, or be over hastily angry, offer to turn it away from study in humor; but come… Continue reading Self-Criticism Hacks for Writers
Sometimes I can catch them — the whispers and mumbles that tell me I can’t do something. Or I shouldn’t. But I want to! Is that my “inner parent?” Is it wisdom? I don’t often know. So I check in with myself. When I check in, I ask questions like: Is this boring or interesting?… Continue reading The Quiet Ways We Say “I Can’t”
“If asked whether I ever knew among the intellectual, a happy man, Blake would be the only one who would immediately occur to me.” -Some guy who knew William Blake I hope that when you reach your deathbed you will have the opportunity to look back at a life lived to the full. Not merely… Continue reading The Writing Life Is An Adventure. Set Goals!
When you write, do so with mad abandon. Give yourself full license to go wild and be as tangled and all over the place as necessary. Because it feels invigorating. A part of you craves the untamed fire of creation. You want it. The inner critic doesn’t know how to handle this untamed fire. It… Continue reading Your Inner Critic Wants A Challenge
Freewriting is a technique many people have heard about but few writers are really taking advantage of. I know of no other way of writing that offers as much potential for productivity and creative growth as freewriting does. It is also remarkably versatile. Freewriting is equally beneficial whether you want to just get a project… Continue reading Five Key Facets of Freewriting – [How to Freewrite]
Freewriting involves making a mess of things. You sit down (probably) and start writing. You may or may not know what you want to say. You write. You figure something out, and you get excited, and write faster for awhile. Then that thought dries up and you are once more doodling around. The doodling keeps… Continue reading Take a Brain Dump!
“Ah, there’s too much garbage out there.” “So much bad writing! Art these days just doesn’t make any sense.” “That looks like something I could do.” When I hear people say these sorts of things, I can feel that they believe what they’re saying. And I know that they are creatively constipated. How do I… Continue reading Why the World Needs More Schlock, Not Less