Infinite Inspiration

Years ago, before I had the skill or will to write, ideas came to me only occasionally. They were fleeting things that I could rarely hold onto, and it was even more rare for me to take an idea and turn it into a finished product. I was dissatisfied with this state of things, so I decided to spend a year learning about creativity. The knowledge I gained through books and experiments gave me the courage to move forward, and ideas were soon flowing so quickly I couldn’t keep up.Creativity i […]

The Art and Craft of Writing

Writing is both an art and a craft. The art is in the story you tell, and the craft is in the way you tell it. Learning to separate these two things can help you understand and accept any criticism you receive from an editor, whose ultimate goal is to improve the overall quality of your work.Some authors are too close to their work to accept any kind of criticism. They take it far too personally, and suggesting ways to improve their writing is seen as an insult.The best authors are able t […]

The Perils of Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a disease, not a virtue. It is ultimately rooted in fear and brings creative efforts to a halt. It has nothing at all to do with the pursuit of excellence or a desire to create a quality product. When I am working on the rough draft for a new book, I do my best to suspend judgment so that I can focus on the task in front of me: creating my narrative and telling my story. The mindset required during this phase of a project involves trusting myself and my instincts, feeling […]

Just Write

Many people have grand ideas that never take tangible form. Their desires are disconnected from their actions, and their professed goals are never pursued.You can avoid this trap by walking the talk. Don’t wait for someone to give you permission to write by making an offer on your unfinished (or unstarted) novel. Give YOURSELF permission by writing daily, if you can, or as frequently as your schedule will allow. If you’re not sure what to write about at first, describe the struggle to com […]