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After Nano: Mission Creep and Takeaways

After Nano: Mission Creep and Takeaways

Like a helpful plugin for a powerful desktop app, the inner editor streamlines my work. So dismissing the editor felt like a departure. It was a risk I was comfortable taking – in fact, I looked forward to seeing how it would feel. Turns out I loved the experience. Words flowed and errors remained unfixed.

What’s in Your Surprise Drawer?

What’s in Your Surprise Drawer?

Let’s talk about reliable creative resources: things you generally feel you can draw upon as needed, and that you replenish as a matter of course. When I think about reliable and replenishable resources, I think back to my mother’s “surprise drawer.” Here are three surprise drawer equivalents in my creative life that I’d like to tell you about.

Nano in the Dark

Nano in the Dark

2021 is the year I succumbed to the writerly romance that is Nano. I don’t intend or expect to have a completed novel on the last day of the month. It’s kind of fun to indulge in just writing — continuously — without much concern about the future beyond this month.

Finding the Time? Making the Time? What’s the Difference?

Finding the Time? Making the Time? What’s the Difference?

The coming of darker days and potentially more isolation combined to suggest that I get my act together and establish some habits now, so that later, when things may take more effort – eww, it’s cold and rainy – I’ll be ready. I’ll be more likely to keep hitting the trail or going to the gym (pandemic permitting), if I’ve already been doing it for a few months. This approach lends itself to more than writing and exercise, too. I’ve seen people make the time for a community cause, and for relationships, whether family, romance, or friends. When they do, their life brightens.

Summer News from Anne Carley Creative

Summer News from Anne Carley Creative

The Great Creativity Toolkit is a big bundle of more than 50 video lessons from more than 40 creativity coaches worldwide. Covering topics from motivation to organization, from the visual arts to the performing arts, and from the personal creative process to the marketplace, these coaches have shared generously. I’m glad to say that I made three of those videos! As a coach who trained with Eric Maisel, I was invited to be a part of this international effort, which Eric is hosting on the Teachable platform.

Journaling Book Is On Sale!

Journaling Book Is On Sale!

Transformational Coaching for Coaches, Therapists, and Clients, edited by Lynda Monk and Eric Maisel, was just published by Routledge. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive – I’m looking forward to reading the whole thing.

Two Tools for Writers

Two Tools for Writers

I want to explore two tools – It’s Not Lost, and Objection, Your Honor! – from my book, FLOAT • Becoming Unstuck for Writers. Recently, both of these tools came up in my work with coaching clients, and it’s interesting to see how my understanding of these tools has changed since I first wrote about them.

What Do You Do, Anyway?

What Do You Do, Anyway?

“You’re a coach, huh? You work with writers mostly? Yeah, that’s nice, Anne, and it sounds cool, but, uh….I have no idea what you actually do. How about a few examples?”

Okay, then. Here goes!

Recently, my work as a creativity coach and editor has included: