Creativity

On Writing: How Much Description is TOO Much?

I started reading Geek Love by Katherine Dunn last year, and god, it was dense. Now, I am not someone who perseveres through books she’s not enjoying. I will dump that shit faster than my boyfriend the day before Valentine’s Day. (Side note: I like the 10% rule. If you’re not interested by 10%, put the book down and move on. Also applies to boyfriends, probably.) But this book had […]

5 Lessons from a Group Writing Challenge

Last week I shared my own lessons from the 28-day writing challenge. But I am just one person! An awesome person, admittedly, but still only one. So I thought it’d be fun to share some of the insights from everyone else who took the challenge alongside me. Here’s what this beautiful burgeoning community had to say: Accountability Works One of the main reasons I started this challenge was to help […]

What I Learned from Writing 500 Words a Day

For this entire year I’ve been saying how I thought writing every day would be the most impactful thing I could do for my business. But I still never did anything about it. Instead I’ve been creating new courses, running old ones, and swanning about the globe. So at the start of October I got my shit together and started a new 28-day challenge: to write 500 words every single […]

Do You Wish You Wrote More? JOIN ME ON THIS QUEST.

Ever got into such horrendous productivity habits that you end up like this: ‘Ugghhh. I need to write. But I can’t remember how. I hate myself.’ And then you stare vacantly into your coffee for three hours lamenting your entire life’s purpose and wondering if you will ever achieve anything worthwhile in this pitiful existence of yours. Uh, yeah, no. Me neither. But you do wish you wrote more, right? […]

Unproductive at Home? 4 Steps to Make Your Home Office Work for You

Last year I wrote a post about the importance of having a work space outside of your home. Because sometimes you just can’t get into the right frame of mind to work from home, right? It happens to all of us. We just don’t want to do the work. ‘Screw you, home office! I’m going to do some other very important tasks right now, like cleaning the bathroom, washing the […]

How to Write Quickly: My Writing Process

I finished reading Still Writing by Dani Shapiro a little while back. I learned a lot from that book and, as I was reading it, I got the impression that Dani and I are very different types of writer (and, for that matter, different types of people). Here’s something Dani had to say about writing that just did not click with me: Let’s face it: most of us are perfectionists. […]

6 Lessons from Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

Still Writing is part memoir and part writing/creative living manual, and it is just full of gems. Obviously there’s enough wisdom in there to, well – to fill a book. So I’m going to share the stuff that resonated with me the most. Here are my favourite lessons from the book: The Story Starts When the Change Occurs There is the pattern, and then there is the dropped stitch that […]

How to Improve Your Life and Business by Conducting 28-Day Experiments

Something I started doing a few months ago is 28-day experiments. I’ve found that they’re an excellent way to make gradual changes to my work and lifestyle without too much pressure. I’m the kind of person who rebels against rules and is absolutely horrified at the thought of any sort of restriction placed on me, so saying I’m going to commit to doing something ‘forever’ – the way we often […]