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How to live through negative feedback without spontaneously combusting

How to live through negative feedback without spontaneously combusting

I did a stupid thing the other day - god knows what possessed me. I mean, I know what Seth Godin says in The Practice is the truth: “Most criticism shared in the internet age is useless, or worse, harmful. It’s useless because it often personalizes the criticism to be...

Balancing Intention with Mystery (Creative Sunbeam #5)

Balancing Intention with Mystery (Creative Sunbeam #5)

This is our last Creative Sunbeam. The previous Creative Sunbeams live here. I love writing prompts, writing meditations, creating immersive online retreats, and using all kinds of techniques to get my writing student’s creativity flowing. And I’ve also seen how...

You are Never Stuck (Creative Sunbeam #4)

You are Never Stuck (Creative Sunbeam #4)

This is day 4 of a 5-day series. The rest of the Creative Sunbeams are here. Could it be true, lovely person, that you are never stuck in your writing? I found myself saying that last year to my Write Now group and I had to pause and ask myself if that was just me...

Love not “ew” (Creative Sunbeam #3)

Love not “ew” (Creative Sunbeam #3)

This is day 3 of a 5-day series. The rest of the Creative Sunbeams are here. CREATIVE SUNBEAM #3 When you find yourself thinking this while writing Great! But I bet you don’t. Mostly we are cruel to ourselves when we create, expecting whatever comes out to be better...

Does Writing Truly Have to Be So Hard? (Creative Sunbeam #2)

Does Writing Truly Have to Be So Hard? (Creative Sunbeam #2)

This is day 2 of a 5-day series on how to delight in your writing. Creative Sunbeam #1 is here. CREATIVE SUNBEAM #2 When you find yourself thinking this while writing Try this instead: Set positive expectations for your next writing session. When you do so, your...

Please Delight in Writing (Creative Sunbeam #1)

Please Delight in Writing (Creative Sunbeam #1)

Brava / Bravo for being alive - another day is yours to savor. I know the world may feel dim and troubled and yet your creative life can still glow with delight and attention. In fact, it’s never more important than when the world is troubled to tend your own creative...

Multi-tasking is robbing you

Multi-tasking is robbing you

Multi-tasking screws me up. It does you, too. If you feel like you’ve lost the ability to focus, that you simply can’t settle down and get absorbed in your creative work or even a conversation with a dear friend, it’s not you, it’s multi-tasking. Multitasking lowers...

Do this now please thank you

Do this now please thank you

Any time hustle and bustle, memories or grief, the suffering you read about in the news or know is happening next door, or even a sheet pan of overcooked cookies winds you up, do this: Breathe in… pause... sip in a little more. Pause. Sigh LOUDLY. Simple but it works....

Celebrating Conditions of Enoughness for the Holidays

Celebrating Conditions of Enoughness for the Holidays

December is a month that invites us to delight in its magic and connection while bringing with it ambivalence, perhaps stress, and often, grief. I miss my parents. I miss living near my kids. I miss my sister. When things are hectic or hard, our brains are habituated...

The Holidays Self-Care Checklist

The Holidays Self-Care Checklist

We all get the message each year that the holidays are supposed to be a joyful, celebratory, most wonderful time of the year. We see the ads, the holiday movie snippets, the happy posts on social. My wish for you is that this is true. That the holidays are wonderful...

Why Hating What You Are Creating Means Nothing

Why Hating What You Are Creating Means Nothing

Not liking your creative work is as common as being hungry and as fixable as getting a snack. But us creatives forget this when we're in the middle of an "I suck" marathon. We can grind to a halt for weeks, months, or years.  But it need not be that way. Here’s...

Make it Safe to Create

Make it Safe to Create

I just taught in-person for the first time in 2 years (yay!) and I made calming the body a centerpiece of each writing day. Mid-week, one writer said, “I had been stuck for months on my book, going in circles, and I had no idea I was in fight and flight. I always knew...

Fostering a Creative Community | Part 4

Fostering a Creative Community | Part 4

I’m doing a series on creative burnout. Read Part 1, Part Two and Part 3 if you wish. We do not create in a vacuum. We stand on the shoulders of those that have come before us. We draw on inspiration and influences from a multitude of sources. We rely on other...

What’s Fresh for you Now? | Part 3

What’s Fresh for you Now? | Part 3

I’m doing a series on creative burnout. Part 1 is here and Part Two is here. Once upon a time, I spent four years working on a memoir that never jelled, and then, right on the heels of letting that project go, I quickly wrote a non-fiction book proposal that my agent...

The Very Simple Thing to do When you Feel Creatively Crispy | Part 2

The Very Simple Thing to do When you Feel Creatively Crispy | Part 2

I’m doing a series of creative burnout. Part 1 is here. There is one very simple thing that I know helps me tremendously when I am feeling creatively dry and friable. It’s simple but not easy because our brains do not want to do it, so as I tell you about this very...

Creative Burnout: what is it and how to turn it around | Part 1

Creative Burnout: what is it and how to turn it around | Part 1

*Creative burnout is “the feeling that you’ve drained all of your creativity, and that there is nothing left. If you’re dreading to start work, feel tired and stressed all the time, and suspect you’ll never be able to create something good ever again, you might be...

Forget the great reset, we are in the great why bother

Forget the great reset, we are in the great why bother

We’ve all read about how the pandemic has created the Great Reset for millions -- people changing jobs, leaving industries, searching for better work conditions, better pay, more meaningful work. It’s exciting. But I’m also sensing another trend, and that’s a deep...

Writing Advice For When You Need Words But Don’t Have Them

Writing Advice For When You Need Words But Don’t Have Them

Sometimes you have to write and you aren’t a writer or you are, but you don’t want to do this particular piece of writing. Perhaps you need to create content to market your business, or for a work assignment, or you need an artist statement, or even because you’ve...

Deepen Into The Longing

Deepen Into The Longing

What do you desire right now? A really good piece of toast?  Better health?  The scene you are writing in your novel to hold together beautifully? The world to remember civility?  Everyone to rally together to avert the worsening climate crisis? Pause....

Why bother to create when the world is burning?

Why bother to create when the world is burning?

I heard from three creators recently who are struggling with why bother? A reporter who wants to write personal essays but wonders why anybody would care when the world is dying. A non-fiction writer who has reported on the climate crisis and now wants to write...

It’s tough out there

It’s tough out there

It’s tough out there. Between the IPCC report on climate change, the devastating spread of the Delta variant, the wildfires, and extreme weather worldwide (it looks like a nuclear winter outside my window right now), I’ll be honest: my mood is fragile. I can only...

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