Focus — and even joy! — in the process opens us up to the possibility for Experimentation.
Sometimes, when we are goal-oriented, writing starts to feel like work, an obligation: it’s pressure instead of pleasure.
Focus on the task at hand. The results will take care of themselves.
Get rid of the idea of “ready.” It will never be ready. Instead, think about when a piece is finished or when it needs to be shared.
What if we write simply to write? Is it possible for the activity to be its own purpose?
One thing is true of both: I always feel better afterward; I'm always glad that I did. :)
Meditation can offer a way into creative work.
...so you do you...!
Yeah. Me neither. How do you know it's working?
What tools do you really need to write? Notebook and pen? Laptop? Typewriter? Smart phone?
You do not need to be on anyone else’s schedule. Work at your pace.
The data all point to one conclusion: you must write at the time that works for you.
You can write, or you can stare out the window. That's all…
Every minute practicing your art is a minute you spent getting better.
When your practice is oriented around the process, then you’re controlling the controllable.
The greatest barrier to committing to your practice as an artist is trying to do too much too soon. Instead, start small.
You set aside the time each day. What does it look like to practice your art?
What is the relationship between practice, trust, commitment, and output?
There's a lot of books out there, but that doesn't mean you have to rush through them.
In this edition, I get it wrong...in more ways than one. Blürg.
For some, goals work. For others, however, goals become dark clouds.
Find the hook that brings you back...
When you hit a snag, lean right into it.
Your practice is yours. Follow it!
Keep track of your streaks and provide your own positive reinforcement.
What's a to-do stack? How can it help you keep your writing on track?
What do you do when Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner interrupt your plans?
Write out your affirmations.
Ideas can be these wild things, like lightning bugs, that flit about, lighting up and fading out. We need a jar where we can put them.
In which we look at similes, Scrivener, and structure...join in!
As we make things, our brains make connections. When we follow those connections, we find more connections.
The universe is full of infinitely good ideas and the best way to access them is to practice our craft.
Rewriting a novel is a big job. What tools should you use? Plus: how do we choose character names? Enjoy this week's edition of (Re:)write!
Sometimes, we mistakenly believe we aren't good enough to work on our best ideas.
Zero score and four years ago, I finished a manuscript for a novel tentatively (and terribly) titled The Brief and Horrible Resurrection of Lorraine Barth. Now it's time to rewrite it...
"Yet" is not "never." We can keep writing, painting, sculpting, honing, working. We can build, we can grow, we can make, remake and remake again.