My Subconscious: This Creative Writer’s Best Friend

I've written before about how our subconscious minds play a critical role in our creative process. That breakthrough insight you received recently in the shower? That was your subconscious, taking advantage of the fact that you were free from distraction (including our everpresent smartphones). For the past quarter-century or so, I've proactively asked my subconscious …

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Using Your Subconscious as a Ghostwriter

As I've discussed my return to creative writing with others, I'm frequently asked if it's hard to get back into the groove. No, I respond, because I have a ghostwriter who does the hard work of plotting, scene construction, character development, and revision. I simply take dictation. The process I'm referring to is tapping into …

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5 Blog Posts that Keep Readers Coming Back

One common misconception I find many of my Loft blogging students have is that they believe their blog is like a book written in real time, with each chapter building upon the last. I have to point out to them that unlike a memoir, where you read from beginning to end, with each post you …

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Want to be More Creative? Stop Focusing

UPDATE (August 3, 2012): Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, has admitted to making up quotes in the book. The book has been pulled by his publisher, and Lehrer has stepped down from his job with The New Yorker. I have posted a blog entry on this development. As The Artist's Road blog …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week — 6/3/11

Too busy dodging tornadoes to follow the links on creativity and writing I shared on Twitter and Facebook this week? Here are seven of the best below. CREATIVITY "Developing Your Creative Practice: Tips from Brian Eno," Scott McDowell, 99%: The importance of knowing your craft and allowing the inspiration to find you in that quiet …

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5 Steps to Subconscious-Driven Creativity

I'll let you in on a secret -- I have a ghostwriter. In fact, for many of these blog posts, all I do is sit at the keyboard, type what the ghostwriter has written, and then slip in a reference to bacon. That ghostwriter is my subconscious. Don't think of him as unpaid labor; he …

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