Creative ruts are the worst. I know the feeling. Next time you feel stuck, why not try one of these 7 out-of-the-box ideas to boost your creativity? Do a distraction audit Recently I decided to write down everything I did during my workday. Everything, no matter how small. I was shocked to … Continue reading 7 out-of-the-box ideas to boost creativity
Sorry, I've just always wanted to jokingly use the "one weird trick" trope. Although maybe in this case it's not entirely a joke - nor is it all that weird. In 2018 I started writing a new novel, which I had so much fun with at the beginning. Yet I've … Continue reading My one weird trick for revitalizing a project
No matter what kind of creative business you run, your written communication is an important part of your overall success. And I don't just mean a good strategy - I mean good spelling and grammar, too. Yes, I may be biased, but I believe that if you don’t consider your … Continue reading Does spelling and grammar matter for creatives?
I've been blogging since 1997. But I promise you, you've never heard of me. After listening to Joanna Penn's podcast about 10 years of her online business recently, I've been feeling nostalgic over my own early internet days. In particular, the 1990s internet, which seemed so quiet and so small. … Continue reading Thoughts on 20+ years of blogging
Recently, I came across a pseudo-interview from 2014, where I answered questions about my fiction writing and my creative process. You can read it on my writing blog, here. Finding it again made me think about the ways my creative process has changed since then - and how it's still the same.
A couple of months ago, I booked myself into an Airbnb for a weekend dedicated to writing. I'd done this once before, in 2008, and was excited to try again. I'd learned some valuable lessons from my last DIY writing retreat, and was confident that this one would be successful. … Continue reading How I created a DIY writing retreat
Ten years ago I wrote my first paid web article, and it's still live! I read it, and here's how it holds up after a decade of freelancing and writing online.
As a writer, I'm well-accustomed to creative blocks. I know what it's like to sit at my desk, staring at the blinking cursor for what seems like hours. If you sometimes struggle to find creative motivation, I thought I would share the top three tips that help me get unstuck. … Continue reading Three ways to find creative motivation
Last year, I read Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. I'd been hearing how wonderful and inspiring it was for creative driven people. I'd even heard that it was life-changing. But it took me a long time to get around to it. Honestly, when I hear something is life-changing, I tend … Continue reading Creative Inspiration: Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert