Calming the Inner Disquiet

Restlessness is a fundamental ingredient of the creative process. Embrace it in order to understand your full artistic potential. Carpe Diem! In 1989, actor Robin Williams starred in The Dead Poet’s Society. As you may recall, this film centered on … Continue reading

Silence Is Golden

If noise clutters your mind, you will produce shallow writing. Create silence and empower your authentic voice. As you enter the room, you immediately feel its aching potential. The neutral walls yearn for color, texture, or art—anything to animate the … Continue reading

My Book, My Daughter

It isn’t unusual for artists and writers—even experienced and successful ones—to pour heart and soul into a precious creative project, seeing it nearly to completion, only to abandon it. Have you done that before? This week, artist, author, and speaker … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Material measurement of a final product does not equal your creative worth.

It is easy to fall into a trap of human material measurement when it comes to our creative work and worth. How much did that painting sell for? How many of my books were shipped out to readers today? What … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Focus Your Creative Light

Who knows how many writers fail because the light that shines through them is refracted in a thousand directions and not concentrated in a single beam? Pick projects and complete them! It is not really possible to work on a … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Work, Appraise, Complete

When a thing is not done, continuing to work on it is the strength. When it is done, the strength lies in stopping. Work, appraise, complete; work, appraise, complete: this is the creative life. The creative life and the writing … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Create A Starting Ritual

One of the best ways to help yourself write every day is to craft a starting ritual that you begin to use regularly and routinely. When your ritual becomes habitual, you will find yourself moving effortlessly from not writing to … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Set One Day’s Work in Front of the Last

Learn how to go directly to your work. When your work bell tolls at the appointed hour, answer it. Stop waiting! Start writing! Years of frustration from trying to “fit” writing into my day have taught me that the writing … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Reframe “discipline” as “devotion”

Luciano Pavarotti said, “People think I’m disciplined. It’s not discipline. It’s devotion, and there’s a great difference.” Think about that difference! Many of us have schedules or rituals that we adhere to in our writing practice. All the writing advice … Continue reading