Declutter Your Writing Process (Phase 2 of 2)

Phase 2: Clutter in the creative process Click here for phase 1 You know your creative process is cluttered when You feel an oomph to get things done but when you sit down to work nothing seems to happen You have a to-do list that grows more rapidly than it shrinks You feel generally uninspired… Continue reading Declutter Your Writing Process (Phase 2 of 2)

When You Don’t Believe In Yourself, Try This

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 different. When you believe you… Continue reading When You Don’t Believe In Yourself, Try This

To Really Stay In the Flow, Try Paring Down

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 anything even makes any sense.… Continue reading To Really Stay In the Flow, Try Paring Down

This is the Right Way to Write

The right way to write. The correct way to scribe. The archetypal modality of authorship. A workable answer for the right way to write is illustrated by Gary Snyder’s poem “Riprap.” I’ll share the poem at the end of this post. The right way to write is freely. Freewriting, writing without stopping, is a swell… Continue reading This is the Right Way to Write

When Should You Abandon a Project?

Trusting the process means being willing to let go when things change. Major life skills highlighted in this article: Willingness rather than willfulness. Applying yourself to the hilt while remaining receptive and adaptable. Checking in with your deepest values. Being real. Equanimity. Discerning when committing to something means redoubling your effort and when it means… Continue reading When Should You Abandon a Project?

Freewriting is Like Planting Seeds

Imagination is the Divine Body in Every Man William Blake When you freewrite, you wander the imagination stomping or treading lightly, each step a word. As you step, your feet collect tiny seeds and track them from place to place. Your every action while in the realm of imagination plants seeds. And it is not… Continue reading Freewriting is Like Planting Seeds

Why it’s Essential to Unlearn How to Write

The Value of Deconditioning Practice can lead to improvement, but we don’t automatically get better as we write. Experience alone doesn’t lead to improvement. If we do the same thing over and over, years may go by and we don’t get better. If you drive your car in circles, you’ll put plenty of miles on… Continue reading Why it’s Essential to Unlearn How to Write

Why are Beginnings Hard? Try this Strategy to Break Into Your Writing

One of the most common challenges faced by writers is how hard it can be to start writing something. You’re in the mood to write. You get a legal pad and a pen, brew a cup of coffee, and sit down. Your cat is assisting you by flapping her tail across your legal pad. You… Continue reading Why are Beginnings Hard? Try this Strategy to Break Into Your Writing

Five Key Facets of Freewriting – [How to Freewrite]

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]