We all need a loving little push now and then. Can we be both the pusher and the pushee? Can we work with our own strengths and weaknesses?
I’d like to offer you some thoughts on where creative jealousy can come from, and what to do if it arrives on your doorstep.
Hustling to seize the bits of character and dialogue and narrative before they disappear makes me anxious. I can feel it. Who wants to wake up to that?
Blah isn’t a commentary about our unworthiness or lack of talent. It doesn’t signify that we’re on the wrong path. It is just part of the deal.
Can we get quiet enough to hear the still small voice of the houseplant? Or of our undernourished muse? Of our not-yet-ready creative work?
Support your creativity with rest and downtime. Consider the possibility that you have some opportunities right now to add more rest and downtime to your life, perhaps in small increments.
For the year-end holidays, I offer you two meaningful gifts you can give to the creative people in your life, and with nary a ding to your wallet.
I don’t need to write in a straight line. I can draft a chapter from later in the sequence, with some confidence that it won’t all be headed for the compost heap.
Just like parents comparing themselves to Instagram-perfect mommy bloggers, writers do themselves harm comparing themselves to the stars-du-jour in their genre.
Nano’s annual energy surge is available to writers of many stripes. You don’t have to be starting a novel (and you don’t even need to be a novelist).