Sometimes we need some help to boost our productivity, whether we're talking about writing or some other activity. Here are a few ways to up your productivity: 1. Accountability You need a way to hold yourself accountable. To set a goal and have a way to track it and hold your feet to the fire. A partner is a good way to do this, someone you report to on whatever basis works for you. For me, I found that daily goals and reporting my results to critique partners who were a
No, you may not put the baby in the desk drawer while you write, even though it seems pretty safe and you're keeping it open! For better tips on how to write with the kids around, keep reading. This is an updated rerun of a piece I wrote a number of years ago, but the points are still good. The teenager I speak of is now fully grown and capable of occupying his own time. The points about electronic "babysitters" are even more valid since our kids now have even more "screens"
In The Artist's Way (A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity) Week 2, Julia Cameron writes about protecting the creative recovery. Writers often speak about protecting the work, which means shielding it from those who would interfere with it. The same holds true with protecting the creative recovery. There are 2 main classes of people Julia cautions us about as potential problems. The first is other creatively blocked people. Your artist friends who are blocked, while they may
So part of the point of doing The Artist's Way is to create new habits. The morning pages are a way to get you writing every day, particularly in that early morning time period when you can easily tap into your subconscious and put it to work for you. People widely believe that it takes 21 days to establish a new habit, however, that turns out to have been a misquote. Plus new scientific research shows it actually takes 66 days. That shouldn't discourage us! In just over 2 mo
Mostly I'm afraid the writer in me is broken. Life can have a way of doing that to a creative person. So I'm setting out to see if I can find that again. I miss writing desperately. I miss having stories in my head that need to get out onto the paper. Have you heard of Julia Cameron's The Artist Way? It's a book about creative healing. And it's not all talk, it's actually a book of action, but it's not boring action, there's a lot of fun in it. The two big concepts in it are