Resistance reared its ugly head and threatened my writing goals. But I cut that resistance out and gave myself permission to keep writing. How is resistance pulling you away from your writing? Today, give yourself permission to work through whatever story you're telling yourself about why you shouldn’t write. Ask aloud or write in your journal: Why shouldn’t I … Continue reading Permission to Write in 6 Steps
The verse of thirteenth-century poet-sage Jalal-ud-Din Rumi inspired this month's Creativity Rx newsletter. Rumi wrote out of devotion to the divine*, yet his words feel universal, especially in the following poem. (If the idea of a masculine deity offends you, replace the word with a feminine or gender-neutral form. If the idea of the divine … Continue reading The Whole World Appears Like a Paradise to One Who is Reverent
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nn started writing her first novel in 2020. She was excited about the story idea and the characters. Yet she soon found the demands of her career, graduate school program, and personal life didn’t leave much room for writing.
WRITING TIP In my twenty-year writing career, I've read my share of books on the craft of writing. Any success I've had I owe at least in part to the wisdom shared in the following books: On Writing by Stephen KingThe War of Art by Steven PressfieldInner Drives by Pamela Jaye SmithWired for Story by … Continue reading Want to Uplevel Your Writing? Be a Voracious Reader of Craft Books
WRITING TIP Let’s face it; few people want to receive criticism (unless, maybe, they have a particular kink for browbeating). However, if you’re a writer who wants to improve your craft, you will benefit by training yourself to appreciate negative feedback, even if you don’t love the feeling of receiving it. One way to do … Continue reading Do You Want to Improve Your Writing? Learn How to Receive People’s Negative Feedback.
WRITING TIP Whether you realize it or not, you are always telling a story, usually silently as you move throughout your day. And your internal dialogue is incredibly influential in your life. The question is: are you sharing mindfully or mindlessly, responsibly or carelessly? Clearly, it’s not possible to control all the circumstances of one’s … Continue reading How to Make Your Prose (&Your Life) Sparkle By Changing Your Internal Dialogue