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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...

What Really Helps Me Write

What Really Helps Me Write

I've been writing since high school. More accurately, I've been learning how to write since high school. The editor of The Woman’s Comfort Book, my first book published in 1992 that went on to sell 350,000 copies and is still in print, told me a few years ago, “You...

When to choose comfort and when to choose creative risk

When to choose comfort and when to choose creative risk

I love comfort. I started my career writing about comfort and self-care with The Woman’s Comfort Book. I believe in the transformative power of healthy comfort. But I also intimately know the fine line between “Time for a nap because I’m tired” and “Time for a nap...

How do you remember that what you want to create matters?

How do you remember that what you want to create matters?

Probably the most common question I get from the writers and creators I work with is: “It’s hard sometimes to give my creative work a feeling of importance. It’s easier to do the things I’ve been asked to do by others or I’m getting paid to do. I’ve been working on...

Want to Clear Out the Stuck?

Want to Clear Out the Stuck?

The last year+ has caused many of us to reassess what matters to us. To make changes, or start to make changes, to explore what has more heart and more meaning.  Or as one client said to me, “I’m tired of supporting everybody else to shine. It’s my damn time.” If...

We are all in liminal space

We are all in liminal space

We are all in liminal space. Betwixt and between what was and what will be. Personally and collectively.  Richard Rohr writes about liminal space in Everything Belongs: “...often remain trapped in what we call normalcy--"the way things are." Life then revolves...

Why Bother Anniversary

Telling us a story about a why bother time in your life in the comments below! I love reading them! April 28th https://vimeo.com/544445190 May 4th https://vimeo.com/545203123 https://vimeo.com/545202994 May 7th with Karen Salmansohn...

Are You Languishing?

Are You Languishing?

I spent a lot of the last year inside the house, as did most of the world. We decided early on to play it super safe, plus it was simply too hard to parse risk every single day: was it safe to run with friends? Which friends were safe? Did we need to wear masks or...

When something won’t stop gnawing at you

When something won’t stop gnawing at you

What am I doing with New York Times best-selling author Anne Lamott? I’ll tell you but first, a little back story. Years ago, I wrote a magazine column for Whole Living, which then got bought by Martha Stewart and became Body & Soul. In addition to the column, I...

The simple truth you overlook to be the creator you were born to be

The simple truth you overlook to be the creator you were born to be

I recently shared a passage from George Saunders’ delightful writing book A Swim in the Pond in the Rain with my Non-fiction Mastermind and I want to share it with you too. Saunders explains how as writers (or any kind of creators!) we may have romantic dreams of what...

Creative Triage After A Hurt or Disappointment

Creative Triage After A Hurt or Disappointment

Last week I explored that horrible moment when someone tries to crush your creative dreams and this week, let’s talk creative triage-- or how to keep from getting stuck in a stinky story that you suck and it isn’t safe to keep going. Because if you don’t address your...

When Someone Tries to Crush your Dream

When Someone Tries to Crush your Dream

I became a creativity mentor and writing coach because of a conversation with another writer in my 20’s. I was making inroads in my career as a professional screenwriter but struggling mightily with my confidence when another writer said to me, “Maybe you aren’t...

How to Create when You Feel like a Fraud

How to Create when You Feel like a Fraud

Have you been feeling unsure of yourself recently? I know my confidence has certainly taken a hit lately. For me, it’s connected to the pandemic -- the social isolation has triggered old stories of not belonging and my weird goofiness being too much. How about for...

How to Create During a Pandemic

How to Create During a Pandemic

If your creative self is feeling flattened by the pandemic, as is mine, consider this email a treasure chest of creative care and feeding from my creative heart to yours. Light one of the scented candles you got as a gift for the holidays, put on some music, and...

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