Tag Creativity

Getting to The End

It’s time to show that rough draft who’s boss I can’t be the only writer this happens to The project you’re working on might be your first, or your forty-first novel. You may have a detailed outline, even a scene-by-scene breakdown.…

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The Next Big Thing

Somebody invent this right away Is it weird to be excited about a hearing aid? Of course, I’m way too young for such a thing. But my employee health benefits include coverage for a good chunk of the expense, and…

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Nevertheless, I Persisted

Success has a lot to do with just not quitting I found an agent with the first book I wrote Does that sound like I had instant beginner’s luck? A win, right out of the box? Lest you roll your eyes,…

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Killing Your Darlings, Softly

When your book has to cut weight or die Writing a novel has a lot in common with gardening You prepare the soil, removing rocks and dead roots (limiting beliefs, self-defeating assumptions) and adding amendments (reading, daydreaming). You select seeds…

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Is This Nirvana?

Or do I just have writer’s block? Those who meditate seek to quiet their internal chatter Practitioners of mindfulness — and I can claim only a guest membership in that serene population — will tell you that the goal of meditation is to slow the…

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