Go Easy on Yourself (and Your Muse)

I’ll start with a caveat: Be cautious regarding advice on how to cope during a global pandemic. Unless the individual lived through the 1918 Spanish flu, he or she has as much experience with the current situation as you or I. That said, some advice out there is not only misleading but possibly dangerous. I’m …

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Three Lessons I Learned While Writing a Novel First Draft

So the retreat to the Mojave Desert paid off, and I've now officially completed the first draft of my novel-in-progress. I started outlining the story this summer, and it has evolved significantly from first doodles to 110,000-word draft. As a published author and professional writer, I know the most important step is yet to come: …

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Resisting the 3 Steps to Embracing Your Muse

What do you do when you have all of the answers on how to maximize your personal creativity--and you're an inspiration for others in this regard--and yet you don't fully practice that advice in your own life? It's an age-old problem. We know what we should eat in moderation (bacon) and yet, there we are, …

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Honoring Your Child AND Your Muse

How do you honor your muse when you put your children first? It's a question every art-inclined parent surely has weighed. This blog chronicles my return to an art-committed life, but it generally avoids looking back on the choices that kept me off-road. It's not always easy for me to look back, but it's part …

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