traits to embody

Declutter Your Writing Process (Phase 2 of 2)

Phase 2: Clutter in the creative process

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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
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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 … Read more


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 … Read more


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 … Read more


Writer’s Block? Remember That You Have A Body

Hey, check that out — whenever I want to, I can wiggle my fingertips.

Wow. Cool!

I’m making light of this but it’s funny how often I do actually lose track of the simple fact that I have a body.

I am a writer. Yet I’m not just a bodiless … Read more

goals traits to embody

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
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freewriting indulgence traits to embody

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 … Read more


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 … Read more

freewriting traits to embody

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 … Read more


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 … Read more