Ever tried searching for inspiration at the bottom of a paper cup of skim cappuccino? I have! It's not there is it. Unfortunately, an untold sum of fieldwork has proven that coffee does not automatically make you a better writer. Writers hit ruts. It's a fact of the practice. You go at it with disciplined…Read more 4 Practical Steps to Rekindle Inspiration even after Exasperation
Sure, writers should have the ability to be objective and even critical, however when our clever editorial skills take on a life of their own, it makes the creative process miserable. We've all experienced flare ups of the inner critic. Symptoms include: Work slows down as you write and erase, write and erase. You feel…Read more The Ultimate Antidote for Your Inner Critic
Recently I had the time and energy for a serious writing streak, and it got me thinking about inspiration. What does it feel like? How can we keep it going? What is it made of? Of course this topic has been written about at length, but when I started to reflect on the feeling, it…Read more Can Meditation Increase Inspiration?
Most writing exists to share information. Fiction exists to share emotion; to share what it feels like to be alive. In fiction the entire spectrum of human experience has meaning and value. As humans we can’t control what will happen to us, but if we love stories, no matter what happens, we will never be…Read more Why Fiction will Save Your Life
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about leverage. People talk in terms of leveraging time and money, but people don’t talk about leveraging luck. In finance leverage is basically anything you can do to multiply your gains. Just like a lever, you invest a little force on one side, and the other side rises exponentially.…Read more Why Bad Luck is Better than Good Luck
This is a game for that little voice inside. The quiet one that nags you about something you desperately want but get conflicted about because of a bunch of other little voices that make you think it’s not possible. Perhaps you talk to a more rational friend or relative about it and they pat you softly…Read more Cynic / Idealist / Realist: A Game that Helps you go for What you Want