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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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Declutter Your Writing Process (Phase 1 of 2)

Writing is especially cluttery

Of all the creative modalities, writing is not the most straightforward.

If I draw something from direct observation, I put pencil to paper. I observe and I make marks. I’m using a single sense: vision.

With writing, I use all five senses. I write imaginatively, I … Read more

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Do You Struggle With Low Motivation to Write?

Today, across the world, millions of writers sat down at their desks to write. A substantial percentage of them never actually wrote anything.

They sat down with good intentions and then proceeded to

  1. deliberate
  2. blank out
  3. do something else

What is this mysterious problem that blocks writers?

  • Low energy
  • Frustration
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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

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Is it BS When People Say Writers Should “Trust the Process?”

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

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How to Really Transport Your Reader

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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The Wise Gunman Demands Your Integrity

Someone comes into a room, takes out a gun, points it at you and says:

“You! You right there! Show me what you love! What’s your passion? Right now! Show me what it looks like when you live your passion!”

The gunman is asking about your ability to walk the … Read more

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If You Don’t Love It, Don’t Do It

Love is a big word. It’s also a four letter word.

Let’s break this down a little bit.

What do I mean when I say you should only do something if you love it?

What does it mean to love someone?

Love gets us way, way outside our comfort zone.… Read more

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Don’t Psych Yourself Up!

Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then

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Why is Consistent Growth So Hard to Maintain?

Organic growth scares people because of the facades around success.

Get rich quick schemes abound. Despite their irrationality, slot machines remain popular.

We like to believe we are so very rational.

Put in the work and you’ll reap the rewards, they say.

What stands in the way?

Why don’t we … Read more