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Culling my files recently for idea-notes, I came across an unpublished article that I wrote nearly three years ago.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

Tuesday Tip: Permit Your Darkness to Take You Deep

Do not fear the darkness. It is in that darkness that your new work resides. You must proceed blind and uncertain into that darkness if you intend to go deep. Down in that darkness reside your future accomplishments. When you … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Capture Your Creative Thoughts NOW

Are you good at capturing your own creative thoughts? Or do you let them slip away by telling yourself that they weren’t really all that good or all that important? Stop that! Start right now doing a better job of … Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Working with a Publisher

As I have embarked on my journey toward certification as a creativity coach, I have been fortunate to encounter some monstrously creative and terrifically interesting individuals, including multi-talented Doreen Poreba, a fellow creativity coach who is also an author, public relations … Continue reading

The Magic of Believing for Writers

Over the next few months, we will feature several guests discussing creativity and how it affects their lives, their work, their artistry, and their writing. In the first in this series, our guest is Bekah Keyes, the author of “The … Continue reading