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Brian Clark, of Copyblogger, issued a challenge: Write a headline that is sexy a la Cosmo magazine – something that grabs the reader by the collar and makes her stop at the checkout counter and pick up the magazine to see how she can titillate her man in bed all night long. Here’s my headline […]
The phone rings. The laundry pleads to be stuffed, cycled, dried and folded. Chaos reigns in the kitchen, e-mails queue for attention. Our lives are at once mundane and undeniably seductive at the same time. When we sit down to write at home, suddenly everything that marks our existence as tedious becomes compelling. Writing at […]
I love the word ‘adventure’ and encourage others to embrace life as an adventure. This comes from the Helen Keller quotation, “Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing at all.” If a deaf and blind woman can consider life an adventure, then those of us with full use of our faculties can certainly […]
Have you ever done a performance, mounted an art show, given a speech, taught a class, or any other scenario where you are in front of a group, doing your thing? If so, chances are the performance gremlin has shown up right afterward, ready to tear you apart. This mean-spirited or judgmental part of yourself […]
Yippee! It’s Thursday again. Time for another Thursday Thirteen. And it just happens to be the 13th of the month. Woo-ooo. Here’s advice on getting over yourself and getting to the page. Want to write but feel the weight of writer’s block? Use any or all of these ways to get your fingers in gear […]
Self-censorship hurts; here are some strategies to still the inner critic.
The Starving Artist myth proliferates because it is often accompanied by that other myth: creative people aren’t good at business. With these ideas circulating, it’s easy to see how artists struggle to succeed professionally. But I don’t buy these myths. In fact, I believe that artists and creative people make the best business people. Here’s […]
When you’ve hauled yourself over the line of your deadline, when you’ve gotten the news that your story has been accepted, when a gallery finally sees your brilliance and puts your work on the walls, it is time to celebrate.Here is a list of creative, inexpensive and fun ways to celebrate your successes. (The full […]
Rejection hurts – there’s no doubt abut it. But there are ways to deal with it so you don’t feel like a victim. Shifting your perspective about rejection can be a huge help. Actually doing something about rejection can make it even easier to bear the pain of having your writing rejected. Here are a […]