Overcoming Fear

As your authentic voice emerges publicly, you will experience a range of emotions and, ultimately, new sources of strength. I’ve struggled writing this week’s blog because other parts of my life have demanded all of my emotional energy recently—most notably, … Continue reading

A Brave New World

Assessing your work and acknowledging areas for growth will create new frontiers for your craft and, more importantly, an authentic existence as an author. You have been pouring your heart and soul onto the page, traveling through distant lands, exploring … Continue reading

Imitation & Ingenuity

Emulating and mirroring other authors’ techniques will build your creative muscle and illuminate your writing process. In recent weeks, we have encouraged you to create silence and listen to your inner voice. Perhaps, this quiet introspection has led you outside … Continue reading

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

Is Post-Publication “Depression” a Given for First-Time Authors?

Culling my files recently for idea-notes, I came across an unpublished article that I wrote nearly three years ago. In our last blog post (My Book, My Daughter), artist and author Licia Berry shared her story of nearly abandoning her book … 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: 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: Know and Understand Your Own Creative Character

You must reckon with your own character. Writing requires curiosity. Are you curious enough? Writing requires risk-taking. Are you willing to risk? Writing requires energy. Can you marshal and unleash your energy? Writing requires patience. Have you cultivated that quality? … Continue reading