Creativity is a natural phenomenon. And, like any natural phenomenon, it is not perfectly uniform. Creativity comes in waves or seasons — seasons of abundance and seasons of dormancy. I’ve been writing professionally for almost seven years now, and I’ve come to recognize my own creative patterns. I will go through bouts of intense creative energy, … Continue reading 9 Signs You Need a Creative Reset
If you’re looking to build a career as a full-time writer, you need to hone a laser-like focus. When I was building my business, I would wake up an hour early to write before work and then spend another eight or nine hours in front of my laptop. I wrote on the weekends. Sometimes I … Continue reading Creative Diversions: A Healthy Way to Recharge or a Sneaky Path to Self-Sabotage?
It happens to the best of us. One day you’re humming along on your novel. You’re churning out words like a boss and feeling great, and the next day, you hit a wall. This usually happens to me about a third of the way through a novel. I hit a tough scene or chapter where … Continue reading First Draft Rx: How to Get Unstuck in Your Novel
Being a writer is the best job in the world. I can work from anywhere, write what I like, and I’m not restricted to a traditional 9-to-5. The only real downside (apart from having to explain what I do when I'm trying to get a bank loan) is that in order to maintain my livelihood, … Continue reading Writing in Times of Stress and Upheaval
Writer’s block is one of the most popular themes in the canon of writing. There are endless articles, books, and online courses promising to solve the problem, and most of them are, quite frankly, dumb. Saying you have writer’s block is the creative equivalent of saying you’re not feeling well when you actually have an … Continue reading 6 Common Problems Masquerading as Writer’s Block and How to Solve Them