Most writers need an attitude adjustment about their creativity. I know I did. After reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, my head’s buzzing with ideas to share with you. It blew me away. The #1 takeaway you need to hear… [Read more…] about What Liz Gilbert Taught Me About Writing
3 Ways Less Creates More for Your Writing
From time to time, you should take stock of your life for situations that no longer serve you or your writing, then let them go. Even activities you once loved. Doing so will help your creative process overall.
Recently, I shared how I’ve given up the last of my regular guest posts on huge writing blogs. The decision was not done lightly, but was necessary to gain more time personally and professionally. That thought process has made me reevaluate my whole world. You should do the same, because… [Read more…] about 3 Ways Less Creates More for Your Writing
What to Do When You’re Dying to Write, but Life Won’t Let You
I didn’t get enough sleep the night before (turns out, the tea I drank after dinner wasn’t herbal; it had caffeine). It took me hours to fall asleep.
I woke up at 6:15 a.m. after not enough Z’s, drug my arse up to work on my novel a while. I wrote 1,000 ugly, awful words.
That session should’ve satisfied me for the day, but it didn’t. I did something that changed my attitude and helped my writing… [Read more…] about What to Do When You’re Dying to Write, but Life Won’t Let You
How to WRITE Out the Storms of Your Life
Summer is here and I have two teens home from high school. It’s a blessing and a curse. Although I’m enjoying a different pace, I already miss the chance to sneak in any daytime writing. I’m too busy coordinating their schedules: part-time jobs, online classes, chauffeuring the youngest to all his activities.
I’ve also been doing a lot of contract work lately, too. Another blessing and a curse. Of course, I love the extra cash and my husband is almost giddy about it, but again, that’s even less time to work on novel #5 (second in the Pennies from Burger Heaven series).
There’s a life lesson here for all writers, whether you have kids or not, work outside the home or not, plan to publish or not. In order for your writing to survive during difficult times, you must learn to… [Read more…] about How to WRITE Out the Storms of Your Life
3 Reasons Why Creative Risks Strengthen Your Writing
There was something I’d wanted to write for months.
It buzzed in back of my brain like a mosquito that wouldn’t go away.
I didn’t have time, though. It was summer. My kids were home full-time, so any possibility of writing during the day wouldn’t happen.
Plus, I wanted to get away to create and needed mental space to do so. I kept picturing myself typing away in a beautiful log cabin somewhere, overlooking the mountains.
Nix that idea. Too expensive and the family somehow couldn’t manage without me. (I never asked, but assumed that would be their response).
Those were all excuses. When I got honest with myself, the only thing stopping me was… [Read more…] about 3 Reasons Why Creative Risks Strengthen Your Writing
How to De-funk Yourself As A Writer – Part II
You’re in a writer’s funk. Self-doubt…questioning each word on the page…not sure you’re good enough at all.
Sounds to me like a regular day for most writers. 🙂
Seriously, Fear does seem to be our constant companion. Last week, we talked about the awesomeness of writers’ conferences (click here to read). While such gatherings do help to de-funk yourself and hopefully, find a strong writing groove, they’re not the only option for us.
What other ways are there to lose those writer’s blues?
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