Category: Creativity Boosting & Inspiration

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Start With “The End.”

The End

For most writers, writing the words, “The End” is the culmination of months (or years) of effort. It marks the completion of a project and is cause for a moment of celebration. I’m weird, though, because none of this is true for me. I usually write, “The End” within the first day of beginning a …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Productivity & Time Management, Random Generalizations & Observations

Kick the Negative People to the Curb

Negative People

I recently ended a long-term friendship. Perhaps friendship isn’t the right word, at least not for what the relationship became in the past few years. What began as an even exchange of friendship, commiseration, help, confidence, and caring degenerated into a one-sided affair as this person became one of the most negative people I’ve ever …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego, Writing Tips & Career Advice

You Don’t Have to Monetize Every Skill

In today’s culture, in America especially, there is a pressure to monetize every single skill that you possess. It doesn’t matter what it is… It could be something utterly obscure like yak raising. But dammit, if you raise yaks you’d better be making money off of them. It doesn’t matter if you simply want to …

Benefits of Play, Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Journaling with Coloring Books

Journaling Color 1

I’ve written before about my enjoyment of coloring. Long before adult coloring books became a thing, I was buying kid’s coloring books and some crayons and having fun. Now that adult coloring books are available, I’ve got a lot more to choose from! I discovered the therapeutic benefits of coloring back in the ’90’s when …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

The Cause of My First Creativity Dark Age

Dark Age

A few months ago, I wrote a piece about surviving the Creativity Dark Ages. The Dark Ages are those periods where you want to create, but it simply doesn’t seem possible. You’re working too much, kids are in the way, or other life stressors are taking you away from your creative projects. It’s tempting to …