Category: Creativity

Creativity, Novel Writing, Writing

Let Your Characters Go Free Range

Free range

One of the things I love most about Nanowrimo is how all of the pressure is off. During this month it doesn’t matter whether or not you have pages of outlines or character sketches. You can do what you want and there’s freedom to see where things lead. This isn’t always true the rest of …

Creativity, Writing

Writing From Inside a Septic Tank

Septic Tank

It’s no secret that 2017 has sucked for a lot of people. I’m no exception. My creative output has been in the tank and everything just feels more difficult than it used to. Some of it is personal; a lot of people I loved died this year and there have been other challenges, as well. …

Creativity, Writing

Reasons Not to Do Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo Writing Group

Warning: We’re about three weeks away from the annual writing festival known as Nanowrimo.¬†Nanowrimo has begun to feel… Dare I say it? Compulsory. And failure to participate can feel like, well, failure. What if you want out? Are people going to think you’re weird? I love Nanowrimo, but it certainly isn’t for everyone. Nor is …

Creativity, Writing

Surviving the Creativity Dark Ages

Dark Ages

Sooner or later, in any creative/artistic occupation or hobby, it happens: The Dark Ages of Creativity descend upon you. Your creativity dries up or there’s simply no time or energy left to create. The love of the work which once fueled you turns to hate. (Or at least a mild loathing.) You can’t see a …

Creativity, Personal, Productivity

Good Things Happened When I Killed the TV

TV

Over the years, I’ve gone through phases where I experiment with cutting the TV cord for a while. Each time, I notice several areas of my life improve. Inevitably, though, I become weak and TV slips back into my life like some recurrent addiction that I cannot shake. Recently, however, I’ve gone the longest ever …