The Inner Critic can be a real a-hole sometimes.
It prevents us from doing a lot of stuff.
Like speaking our mind about things. Sharing our thoughts with others.
There are always a thousand reasons not to, and the Inner Critic is a master of drawing on them. I picture him like an eight-armed robot whose tentacle arms shoot out to a complex filing system, riffle through a billion filing cards in about a second, and pull out the exact one (or several) that you need to hear to prevent you from taking action.
“Hmm, you sure you want to say something on that subject, Dick?” he says. “After all…”
Continue reading Quick and Dirty Posts (and Why You Should Do Them)
Let’s face it, your writing production takes a hit this time of year. Your inner word-crafter feels a little neglected whilst you run around judo-chopping other last minute shoppers and traveling by sled-and-dog team to reach your far off relatives.
But if you can eke out a measly thirty minutes for yourself somewhere in all the holiday madness, there’s no reason you can’t keep the writing coals warm, and even stoked a wee bit so you begin the New Year with a blaze.
Here’s a few ways to do that this holiday season: Continue reading 7 Ways to Recharge Your Writing Over the Holidays
You bet. Lots of it.
If you think just transferring your story from our world to your own make-believe one gets you off the hook for doing research, you’re sadly mistaken.
Continue reading Does Writing Fantasy Require Research?
Interesting conversation with a musician friend of mine last night. He expressed the view that playing music is an end-in-itself. It’s all about the sheer joy of playing. Who needs an audience?
I could appreciate the sentiment, but I couldn’t agree.
Continue reading Do Artists Really Need an Audience?
I know it’s hard.
You’ve had the “achievement/goals” credo shoved down your throat since you were a little kid. Even if your parents were free-wheeling hippies it’s still ubiquitous in the culture. Your employers believe in it. Your peers believe it. Your friends believe it. You believe it.
But ask yourself: is it making any of us happier?
Continue reading Want To Be Happy? Forget About Your Goals