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
When you write for a living, you need a fool-proof strategy to keep creating day after day. There's no time for writer's block or feeling uninspired. This strategy has helped me nurture my creativity through 17 novels over the course of six years.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I don’t believe in writer’s block as a long-term or chronic condition. The main problem I have with the concept is that “writer’s block” is a broad label that our culture applies to a myriad of problems — all of which have a unique … Continue reading Feeling Blocked? 6 Foolproof Tricks to Get Your Ideas Flowing
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?
Being a writer isn’t like being an accountant. For one thing, when I tell people what I do, they actually want to know more about it. Usually, that conversation doesn’t end until people know what I write, how many books I’ve published, and where I “get my ideas.” We have this cultural fascination with writers, … Continue reading “I Would Love to Write, But…” (How to Quash This Cop-Out Phrase)
We’ve all been there: You want desperately to write a novel, but you’re not sure what you should be writing. As creative people, most of us are brimming with ideas, but we often struggle to find that idea that really has legs — an idea that we can stay interested in long enough to write … Continue reading Not Sure What to Write? Create an Id List to Jumpstart Your Novel
Or, a Treatise on Life, Death, and Dreams One fact that no one can dispute is that we all eventually die. We are already, in effect, dying — some of us faster than others. As our DNA replicates, mistakes or mutations occur. Our bodies are designed to fix those mistakes, but eventually more and more slip … Continue reading Why You Must Write Your Novel