The in-between tools of writing

The toughest part of writing is starting.

Staring at the blank page, trying to remember all your brilliant ideas. You had so many of them last night, during your kid’s piano recital… and again, during that totally unproductive meeting at work, but now…

Where have all the ideas gone?

Ideas are ephemeral unless they’re captured.

So you should capture them, via any method handy, when you… Continue reading

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Creating, copying, and being creative

To create means to make something new.

You don’t create out of thin air.

You start with raw material, which exists along some spectrum of “rawness.”

Maybe it’s a lump of clay, a bunch of words in your head, a few notes of music, or a pile of lumber. Maybe it’s a photo, a folk song, a quote, an antique chair, a pile of flour and butter, or… Continue reading

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You are not broken

You are not the odd one out.
You are not the only one who gets it.
You are not all alone.

You are not broken, damaged, useless, or flawed. No, you’re not perfect either.

You have been hurt, but you are not broken.

You have lived through pain, but you are not damaged.

You have made mistakes, but you are not useless.

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