Creation takes energy. This year, after all we've been through as a nation, as a planet, as a people, we lack that energy.
Best way I know to defeat a block is to stomp on it. Join me. #CreateIt22
This week, let's make ourselves a pact. I'll stop comparing myself to other writers - and so will you.
Do you know this game? If you’re a writer, you do: It’s where you write a draft, but it’s not right, so you put it aside and try again. And again. If this describes you, congratulations! You’re a writer. And there's hope for your draft.
Writing after a dry period is really hard, but there's no secret to getting back into it. There are only a few simple steps.
These two things seem contradictory. Spoiler alert: they're not.
We write our stories, and we do the best we can. For many of us, that means we write from perspective born of backgrounds we didn't control, educations we weren't aware were cheap, and information we didn't know was dated.
I'm going to tell you precisely why I love Neil Gaiman's work, and I'll do it by breaking down one of my favorite short stories: THE PRICE.
I have been given an AMAZING gift and I'm out of my mind with joy.
The reason we feel the need to hold baby creations up to some 30-year pro's for comparison is because our culture teaches us to judge all art according to salability - but salability is not the point of art.
So I wrote today for the first time since my dad died. It was not, shall we say, a *good* experience.
This month is not about producing something publishable. It's about teaching yourself to just keep writing, to ignore the inner editor, and to let yourself just spill words onto the page.
Fellow creatives, Stan Lee left big shoes to fill. We have some work to do.
"Do your words" may be the most important words ever for writers.
Oh, yes. I’m going for it. What about you?
Hey. Creative soul, I'm talking to you.
This is your sign not to give up.
Not this time, life. You don't get to win this round.
I might as well call this 'how to get published.'
A new and improved experience all-around!
Here's a lie I'll bet you've been told: "You have to figure out what you want to do before it's too late."
Fellow writer, this will not feel good to read, but it is VERY IMPORTANT.