How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

Who doesn’t want to be brilliant? When I first came across Todd Henry’s book, THE ACCIDENTAL CREATIVE: How to Be Brilliant At A Moment’s Notice, the title immediately caught my attention. I am working really hard at the creative process. How, I wondered do you become a Creative accidentally? Henry’s description of a Creative encompasses

HOW TO WRITE WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WRITE

I read somewhere that it is helpful to have a mantra that you repeat over and over to help you get in the mood to write. I’m thinking mine should be something like this quote from Natalie Goldberg. Seriously!  Every day that I don’t write, I chastise myself for not accomplishing what I had intended

CAUTION: BRAIN STORM AHEAD

According to Don Hahn, the producer of The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast, in his book, Brain Storm, the foundation for creative thinking is formed from three key elements: A huge amount of information Untiring interest in your work. The ability and the ruthlessness to take out the trash. This week, we’ll get

TIME TO CREATE

Have you ever noticed when you are the most creative? Science tells us that it is that foggy time between sleeping and waking. According to Kevan Lee in his article, The Best Time to Write and Get Ideas – According to Science,  “We know that the creative mind is an early riser and that the editing mind

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Day 11 Gifts from the Muse

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true Muse gave to me, Eleven  character smiles: (Try these out at the family dinner!) The next time you aren’t sure how to describe your character’s smile you might want to try one of these! . 2. .5.6.7.8.9. 10.11. The Muse consulted Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon,

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Gifts from the Muse – Day 10

On the tenth day of Christmas my true Muse gave to me, Ten excellent endings:  1. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald          2 “After all, tomorrow is another day.” Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell 3. “But wherever they go, and whatever happens to

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Day 6

On the Sixth day of Christmas, my true Muse gave to me … Secrets? Six secret Writing Prompts: Everyone loves a secret. But are we able to keep secrets? As writers, it’s very tempting to use secrets as material. People should probably consider that before confiding in us! For now, let’s have fun with some secrets.