Last time we talked about various authors who got inspiration from dreams and visions. This time we’ll talk about practical suggestions for keeping a dream/vision diary and transforming them into something you can actually use. Keep a dream diary. Every morning (or whenever you have a dream), jot down a 1-2 sentence description, or even […]Read more "Invoking the Muse: How to Get Inspiration You Can Use III: Keeping a Dream Diary"
Thus far I’ve been talking about obstacles to writing and how to get over them. I may revisit that topic–I’ve been thinking a lot about the problem of aiming low because you don’t feel like you deserve to have success and nice things, so that’s sure to come up soon–but for the moment I’m going […]Read more "Invoking the Muse: How to Get Inspiration You Can Use I: Hoodoo vs. Hard Work"
Last time I talked about overcoming feelings of self-doubt. Today I’m going to finish up with a summary of thoughts on how to deal with or get around material obstacles for writing. Make a list of what your obstacles are. Then make a list of what you might do about them. They probably are not […]Read more "Why Aren’t You Writing VII: Pulling it All Together"
Last time I talked about making the writing process fun. This time let’s talk about the tools of the trade, and what to do if you have a hard time finding the right tool to get your words down. If no access to writing materials is your problem, as always, be creative (because you’re a […]Read more "Why Aren’t You Writing IV: Finding the Right Tools"
How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease Richard Horowitz, MD Once you go down the rabbit hole of Lyme disease and everything that comes with it, you realize that most of mainstream medicine is some kind of crazy looking glass world (why yes, I DID just reference […]Read more "“How Can I Get Better?” by Dr. Richard Horowitz"
Last time we talked about finding the right place to write. That’s important, but perhaps even more important is finding the right mindset. Writing should be fun! Yes, fun! I know it’s work, but it’s work you’re choosing to do, right? If it’s a total drag you’re doing something wrong. So here are some ideas […]Read more "Why Aren’t You Writing III: Making the Process Fun"
Become a Successful Indie Author Craig Martelle In the quest for success in the writing business, we all rush anxiously from guru to guru, oracle to oracle, hoping that someone will reveal the magical formula to make the gods more propitious and cause the bestseller deities to smile down on us. Unfortunately, the magic formula […]Read more "“Become a Successful Indie Author: Work Toward Your Writing Dream” by Craig Martelle"
Last week we started of our series on obstacles that can get in the way of your writing by talking about finding the time to write. This time we’ll talk a little bit about things you can try to find the right place. As always, this may seem super-obvious–or it may not. Or maybe you […]Read more "Why Aren’t You Writing Part II: Finding the Right Place"
Why Aren’t You Writing? There’s a running joke, especially in the academic world, about how you should be writing. If you search the phrase, you will come up with dozens if not hundreds of menacing images like this one: The fact that you could be writing at pretty much any moment of your day if […]Read more "Why Aren’t You Writing Part I: Finding the Time to Write"
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life Natalie Goldberg After the (somewhat unexpected) success of “Writing Down the Bones,” Natalie Goldberg was called, perhaps by her inner muse, perhaps by her publishing company, to write another book on writing. The result is “Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life.” In many ways “Wild Mind” is quite similar […]Read more "“Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life” by Natalie Goldberg"