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

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: Appraise to Improve and Grow

You must appraise your work. Appraising isn’t cold-hearted criticism. It is the effort you make to turn your raw ideas into elaborated beauty. Appraising is your duty. Appraising our work is an uncomfortable phase of the creation cycle, but it is … 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: 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: 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

Tuesday Tip: Learn to Manage Writing Anxieties

Learn some anxiety management tools. Anxiety makes us undisciplined. Learn a deep breathing technique or a relaxation technique to help you stay put. Anxiety is part of the process—learn how to manage it! What ways have you discovered to manage … Continue reading