Too Late to Turn Back Now

Road sign reads "Dead End"There’s a point in every art project (or blog post or essay or short story or novel or [fill in with your favorite creative endeavor]) when, for lack of a better word, I lose my nerve.

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What Are You Waiting For?

Woman waiting by doors

photo by Brian Donovan via flickr licensed by CC 2.0

Some writers and other creative types tend to procrastinate a lot. Yeah, don’t look at me like you don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m not the only one who does it.

My friend Julie recently challenged me to come up with two lists: one with unproductive procrastination activities, and the other with productive procrastination activities. We decided ‘productive’ in this context means that when you are done with the activity, whatever it is, you don’t feel bad about yourself. Well, you still feel a little bit bad because you didn’t do what you were supposed to do, but not as bad as if you did one of the unproductive procrastination activities. Continue reading

The War of Art – A Review

“Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.”

– Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

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photo by See-ming Lee via flickr cc

I’ve read a lot of books about creativity, making art, and becoming a better writer. In many of these books, there are one or two great ideas, and then some ideas that I find are not useful, or not original, or both.

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