You have all the time in the world to write but can’t seem to start. You stare at the blinking cursor with a growing sense of frustration. The plot that seemed brilliant only yesterday now strikes you as flat. You wrack your brain but can’t figure out what to write. What’s an author to do? Continue Reading>>
Story ideas drift into my mind at odd moments—while I’m driving, in conversation, in nature, doing dishes, gardening, even while I should be paying attention in church. They are incorrigible and more prolific than I’ll ever be. Continue Reading>>
Cluttered Writing Life Causes & Cures: Writing Creativity Killers, Part 5
Novel writing, social networking, blog posts, newsletters, promotions–oh my! You have too much going on, more or less all the time. Everything seems important and necessary, but you are stretched thin and entering the red zone of author burnout. Or maybe you crossed that boundary line a while ago but are slogging on out of a sense of duty. Your office is a mess. There’s paper clutter everywhere. And you can’t even hope to deal with cluttered computer files. Your schedule is more like a wishlist these days, with only a few items crossed off on good days. Writing just isn’t fun anymore.
In a scenario like this one, something has to change. Continue Reading>>
Writing Creativity Killers, Part 4
While checking in a day early to a writing conference where I was booked to sing, a poet who was one of the presenters helped me carry my luggage to my room. We had a nice conversation, during which she confided she was learning to take time to ‘breathe and be.’ That resonated with me so deeply it became a turning point that changed my life.Continue Reading>>
No matter how tight my schedule, I always make time to breathe and be.
Writing Creativity Killers, Part 3
So much to do, so little time. Does this sound like your life on an ongoing basis? You either enjoy the challenge, look wistfully back to when you had the freedom to create without a schedule, or both.
When your ambitions overwhelm your available resources, burnout isn’t far away. Determination can keep you going while tapped out, but your creativity inevitably suffers. Let’s take a look at some of the causes of time stress and how to remedy them. Continue Reading>>
Writing Creativity Killers, Part 2
Standing for what you should be writing when everyone wants you to fit the status quo takes a strong mind. I know. I had to deal with the expectations of others while sorting myself out as an author. It wasn’t easy, because I just naturally like pleasing others, and the crowd mentality can be hard to contradict. I had to realize that while listening to advice can be good, only I have the insight to decide what is best for my writing career. Continue Reading>>
The price of letting others define you is that you won't live your own dream.
Writing Creativity Killers, Part 1
If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve probably figured out that having a writing career is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage to bare your soul in a manuscript, only to face the possibility of rejection and criticism. And then, there are the inner fears. What if you fail? What if you succeed? What if______. As a writer, you’re creative enough to fill in the blank. Continue Reading>>
Autumn leaves gather in drifts. Painted trees whisper mysteries. Storms blow in, tingeing the air with winter's first breath. Deep nights inspire deeper thought. It makes sense that November should be writers should be National Novel Writing Month, a time when writers conspire to create fiction. Nanowrimo, as the … Continue Reading ››