Category: creativity

fight like hell in the war of art

I was Twitter-tagged as part of a 100-people experiment involving Hugh MacLeod. I was delighted to take part. 1 If you want to be a writer, or any other kind of artist, cartoonist, blogger and bestselling writer Hugh MacLeod has some advice for you. It’s easy to tell somebody to get into The Zone. Much…

Apr 16, 2010 · 16 Comments / ADD YOURS

the problem with outlines and word quotas (and why they sometimes might lead to sucky writing)

1 I believe in outlines. Except when I don’t. I believe in daily word quotas. Except when I don’t. I believe in encountering the work, which an outline can prevent you from doing. 2 Last week I was struggling with a scene in my novel-in-progress (THE DECADENTS). I had it in outline and knew what…

Jan 17, 2010 · 17 Comments / ADD YOURS

how I discovered that a writing coach can be helpful

I’m writing a supernatural thriller called THE DECADENTS. It’s a bit different from my previously published novels. It’s a book I’ve been carrying around in my head for a long time. I’m a little afraid to write it. So I did something I’ve never done before: I hired a writing coach. Her name is Rachel,…

Jan 6, 2010 · 2 Comments / ADD YOURS

Tyler Durden’s Rules for Writing in the Zone: Conclusion & Takeaway

1 The concept of “flow” was first introduced by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. In his studies on happiness and creativity, he noticed that people tend to have their most fulfilling experiences through work (instead of controlled leisure time). “Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she…

Jan 4, 2010 · 8 Comments / ADD YOURS

Tyler Durden’s Rules for Writing in the Zone, part 4 (of 5)

“someday you will die and until you know that you are useless to me” Death can be a teacher and an ally. When you become aware – truly aware – of your own impending death, it wakes you up to the gift of your life.  Every moment takes on a new importance.  You learn to…

Jan 1, 2010 · 8 Comments / ADD YOURS

Tyler Durden’s Rules for Writing in the Zone, part 3 (of 5)

Part 1 is here. Part 2 is over here. “only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit” There is bad destruction and good destruction. Good destruction is the clean ending: knowing when to walk away, make the cut, find resolution and closure. It’s the ability to let things go, so…

Dec 30, 2009 · 9 Comments / ADD YOURS

Tyler Durden’s Rules for Writing in the Zone, part 2

Part 1 is here, for those who are so inclined. “I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say…Let’s evolve, let the chips fall where they may.” Perfection is static. Perfection is a finished state. Writing fiction is a messy enterprise. It is a process. Like people, like life, it involves growth…

Dec 29, 2009 · 9 Comments / ADD YOURS

Tyler Durden’s Rules For Writing In The Zone, part 1

“How much can you know about yourself, you’ve never been in a fight? I don’t wanna die without any scars.” (all quotes in bold from the character Tyler Durden in the movie FIGHT CLUB) We know ‘the zone’ as a state of higher mental consciousness in which we focus so completely on the task at…

Dec 28, 2009 · 84 Comments / ADD YOURS

year of the phoenix

#Best09 (This is The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge. It’s kind of awesome. If you have a blog you should check it out.) Best word or phrase. A word that encapsulates your year. “2009 was _____.” 2009 was my phoenix year. The year divorce unnamed me. The year I renamed myself when I became an…

Dec 19, 2009 · 2 Comments / ADD YOURS

where do you get your ideas: Britney and me

When people ask, “Where do you get your ideas?” the answer is as simple as “Everywhere!” — and too complex to explain without boring you out of your head. To get ideas, you need to open yourself to the world, give yourself permission to follow your obsessions wherever they might lead you, no matter how…

Dec 17, 2009 · 9 Comments / ADD YOURS
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