• Craft,  Creativity

    Eight Tricks To Spark Creativity

    Creativity is that moment when your ideas come together in just the right way, you may see something that no one else did. The problem with creativity is that it's the hard work of the mind and sometimes the ideas just aren't there.

  • Craft,  Publishing

    Lessons learned From A Failed Video Game In the ‘80s

    As I listened to this episode, I couldn’t help but think that this is a morality tale for those writers who rush to publish. It doesn’t matter what creative work we do, whether it’s poetry, novels, or video games based on famous movies, if we don’t take the time to create it with skill and patience, we are disrespecting our field, insulting our readers and possibly making a mess in the desert. A rush job, the poor quality, the lack of respect, the short-sighted goal of a fast buck, is not the way to make art.

  • Community,  Social Media

    The Necessity of a Tribe

    One of the biggest mistakes writers (actually ALL human beings make) is that they are not engaged in some sort of community. Left to ourselves, we are do not make good choices, we do not embrace discipline, and we do not meet our goals. Left to ourselves we often succumb to our fears.

  • Beautiful Words,  Creativity

    Studying Poetry To Be A Better Writer

    Poetry stretches the imagination, plays with rhythm, and meanders this way and that. To be a good writer, one that is distinctive and creative, one that presents facts or ideas in a clever, interesting way, one must learn to “play” with words. And there’s no better playground than poetry.

  • Interviews With Authors

    Take 5 Friday: 5 Questions for Daphne Gray-Grant

    It’s the last Friday in the month so we are mixing things up a little. This week’s Take 5 Friday is a 5 question interview with writer Daphne Gray-Grant, a.k.a.The Publication Coach. Daphne has just released her second book Your Happy First Draft which guides people through her system for writing quickly and effectively – with minimal stress! Many thanks to Daphne for taking time out of her launch week to answer a few questions for us. Read below for a glimpse into her writing life. Where and when do you write? I spend much of every day writing from my home office in a loft at the top of…

  • Craft,  Motivation

    Take The Easy Way Out And Get That Draft Done

    With all the memes out there about how HARD writing is, I think we tend to get the wrong idea about our work.  Sure, it can be hard to get started and it can be hard to work on certain aspects of our projects (particularly if it has challenging emotional content) but we don’t have to make it any harder than it is.  You don’t have anything to prove. Your writing doesn’t have to be hard to be worthwhile.  In fact, sometimes, taking the easy way out is the best approach to getting your writing done. Especially in the first draft.  There will be a time for working on the…

  • Uncategorized

    Making a Writing Practice Work for You

    Even if you spend a lot of your writing time working on your current project, you can benefit from establishing a writing practice.  Obviously, working regularly on a project is one kind of practice. In this post, I’m talking about writing for writing’s sake.  That means writing to keep your brain tuned up. It means keeping your writing abilities front and center so you can call on them when you need them. How does a writing practice help your current project? You know that you are going to spend some time on your work-in-progress this week.  Maybe not every day, but on a regular basis.  And when you sit down…

  • Craft,  Motivation,  Uncategorized

    Take 5 Friday: Work Like A (Real) Dog

    As a writer, you know that inspiration can come from anywhere. And, I’m sure you know that you can borrow skills, ideas, and methods from all kinds of different sources. Today, just for fun on this first Friday in September, I have some writerly advice for you from my dog. Since she refused to be interviewed, I just observed her and thought about how her approach to the world applies to writing. So, here’s some advice to help you work like a dog. (A real dog, not one of those metaphorical ones that the expression refers to.) Be curious and then follow the scent When we go outside, Khalee likes…