“How does the robot get out of the pit?” This is something I asked myself recently as I wrote a scene for my sci-fi novel. If you're wondering what this has to do with creativity, bear with me! I found myself stuck on a problem—my protagonist’s big problem: how to get a robot out of an empty [...]
Now is a brilliant time to declutter, starting with the place where you spend time creating. And if you’re not creating lately, a way to reboot yourself is to freshen up your space.
Ever have one of those days when procrastination has you clutched in its grip, toying with your soul like a cat who caught a chipmunk? Procrastination is also Resistance with a capital R. In his book, The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield says, “Resistance by definition is self-sabotage.” He also says, “The most pernicious aspect of [...]
Have you ever struggled to press the “send” button on your art? Whether it's a book, painting, sculpture, or blog post, many of us struggle to release our work into the world. Even sending an email asking someone for help is hard (there's one sitting in my draft folder right now that I've stared at 18 [...]
Does your life feel stuck on repeat? Do you wake each morning to live out what seems like the same day? Maybe you seem stuck like Bill Murray's character in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. Maybe you feel like something in your life is missing. You’re not alone. Creativity is the missing ingredient for many of [...]
Is the weather warming up where you live? Here in Chicago, winter is finally loosening its grip, and the air feels fresh. To me, spring means renewal. Maybe it’s because my birthday is around the corner, but I always feel like starting new endeavors this time of year. This month, I am re-dedicating myself to creativity. [...]
Does your inner critic often trigger negative self-talk? I hear from many authors at all levels of success. No matter the experience level, we all share something in common—negative self-talk. Negative self-talk can pop up when you’re least expecting it--when you just finished a book or when you’re stretching yourself toward a new creative goal. You’ll [...]
Many books have helped me on my journey to live a more creative life. I hope these recommendations help you in some way. On Life Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life – Eugene O’Kelly The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – Bronnie Ware Creativity and Passion Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert The War [...]