Category — Advice
Once upon a time, perhaps not long ago — one year, one month, one week, one day — you felt a creative urge overtake you. Seemingly, it came from nowhere and whispered in your ear: release me. It longed to enter the world, to take shape and live and breathe. It spoke to you. It knew you.
For a moment you paused. You felt the planets shift as your focus shifted. The important tasks and filler of everyday life fell away. Poof. Gone. It was just you and your Idea, alone in a lovely world of your creation.
You began to write — on paper, at the keyboard, in your mind. You let yourself go and flow and before you knew it, your Idea began to write you. And you fell in love.
This love remains. It is as powerful as a first kiss. Awkward, passionate, heartbreaking. Memorable. The kiss — your Idea — longs to be relived, to move from once upon a time to now.
So open your heart, let your creativity overtake you. Whisper in its ear, “I hear you,” “I love you,” then prove it. Write.
December 14, 2011 No Comments
Sometimes its AOK to be an armchair quarterback, especially when it comes making calls about how you could better use your time. And the best way to do this is to look back over the day or week that has just passed. This process need only take a moment or two; simply take note of where your time has gone, making special note of:
* Time wasters (e.g., watching TV, reading the newspaper, cleaning, engaging in activities done by habit rather than choice)
* People wasters (e.g., telemarketers, folks who don’t respect boundaries, people with agendas that don’t mesh with yours)
* Energy wasters (e.g., tasks that can be delegated, to-do’s that are always being put off yet hang over your head)
Just knowing where you’re letting time slip away gives you a heightened sense, and thereby a greater ability, to stop the “slow leak.”
May 9, 2010 No Comments
Follow this advice BEFORE you write a single word.
April 26, 2010 1 Comment
When you submit a query to an editor, the editor will respond in one of three ways: yes, no, maybe. This podcast will help you convince the editor to say “yes.”
April 25, 2010 1 Comment
After a few decades of writing, I have learned to trust the creative process. Blocks aren’t solid (if, indeed, they exist); procrastination often is hibernation. To everything there is a season, and you’ve got to go with the damnable flow. Wringing your hands or railing at the heavens accomplishes nothing. You must be patient.
As you wait, send your ideas into the universe. Know that they will circle back more fully shaped. Be there to catch them. Carry them to back to your desk, then write.
July 13, 2009 1 Comment