How I Failed to Avoid the Post-MFA Slump

I have a confession to make. It has been six weeks since my last serious effort at creative writing. One thing I've learned from interviewing artists is that even the best of them sometimes find themselves in a slump. And we can be very supportive of each other in these times, as I discovered when …

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Ignoring the Knock of My Muse

It's been two weeks since I touched my creative writing work-in-progress. Oh, I've got plenty of excuses. I spent the last few days of my last MFA packet focusing on my critical essays. Then I had to finish a freelance project. Next up, flying to Chicago for AWP. I blogged from there every day, but …

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Is Journaling a Cure for Creative Blocks?

Do you journal? Many creatives do, particularly creative writers. Several best-selling books on breaking through writer's block and unlocking your muse advise daily writings in a personal journal. The process, we're told, clears mental cobwebs, sparks ideas, and empowers the writer to overcome the fear of the blank page. Talk to any evangelist for The …

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