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  • Writing wherever; Artist myths; Fraud feelings

    Writing wherever; Artist myths; Fraud feelings

    In her famous essay “A Room of One’s Own” in 1929, Virginia Woolf said that for women artists “a lock on the door means the power to think for oneself” and encouragement to develop the “habit of freedom and the courage to write exactly what we think.” From my article Solitude and creative expression. But […]

  • Susan K. Perry on daring to write fiction

    Susan K. Perry on daring to write fiction

    Interview by Douglas Eby Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., is a social psychologist with expertise in relationships, and author of 1000-plus articles, essays, reviews, and Q&A columns and has been widely quoted as a human development, relationship, and creativity expert. Her non-fiction books include “Writing In Flow” and a number of others, but her latest creation […]

  • About The Writer’s Circle Program

    About The Writer’s Circle Program

    Coach Jenna Avery summarizes her program: The “Just Do The Writing” Accountability Circle, aka the Writer’s Circle, is a powerful system to help writers like you – novelists, screenwriters, songwriters, poets, non-fiction writers, and creative writers – stay on track with your work so you can get your writing into the world. This system was […]

  • Should You Write What You Know?

    Should You Write What You Know?

    It may be advice often given to writers, but is the idea to “write what you know” always understood, and valuable for creating good work? In his post “Write what you know” – the most misunderstood piece of good advice, ever., Jason Gots comments that writer Nathan Englander “says that ‘write what you know’ is […]

  • Archetypes for Writers: Developing Complex Characters

    Archetypes for Writers: Developing Complex Characters

    Jean Shinoda Bolen on Greek mythology Author and Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. explains the idea of archetype as a “predisposition that contributes to our personality, helping define our strengths, difficulties, and meaning.” She says the common forms “are based on the gods and goddesses in Greek mythology. People are complex, there is a […]

  • Developing Creativity: Writing With Patience

    Developing Creativity: Writing With Patience

    “And still it is not enough to have memories. One must be able to forget them when they are many, and one must have the great patience to wait until they come again. For it is not yet the memories themselves. Not until they have turned to blood within us, to glance, to gesture, nameless […]

Digital Publishing Virtual Summit

Digital Publishing Virtual Summit

20 Online Workshops: Discover simple video creation strategies for publishing your own videos Learn how to create a viral eBook and publish to iTunes Take your book on tour, around the globe, without leaving home How to team up with a qualified virtual assistant and much more Workshop Speakers and Topics: Promoting Your Message Lynnette […]

The Daily Writing Impulse

The Daily Writing Impulse

Cynthia Morris says on her site Original Impulse: “Others dream of finally putting on paper the story they’ve been wanting to tell for years but have been afraid to begin. “With me, they stop merely dreaming and they start writing. “I’ve been a writing and creativity coach full-time since 1999, and I know that most […]

The Transformational Author Experience Program

The Transformational Author Experience Program

Featured teachers for the FREE Transformational Author Experience programs include New York Times best-selling authors Gay Hendricks, Marci Shimoff, Robert Allen, and Sonia Choquette… as well as leading book publishing and marketing experts including Jonathan Fields, Mari Smith, Marc Allen, Christine Kloser… and many more. Register to learn how you could win a chance to […]

Shelley Hitz on How to Self Publish

Shelley Hitz on How to Self Publish

Shelley Hitz is author of the Self-Publishing-Coach.com site and a number of titles that help writers self-publish. She says, “It might not be as much work as you think. “In fact, if you already own a website or blog, you can seamlessly transform your most popular content into a book. “Think about it: you can […]

Our Stuff is the Raw Material of Writing

Our Stuff is the Raw Material of Writing

Writers and other artists are advised to “get out of their own way” to more freely express their inner experience. It is also potentially a core benefit of counseling or psychotherapy. But what does it really mean: getting out of our own way? Dennis Palumbo, a writer and therapist specializing in creative issues, addresses the […]

Writing from Your Subconscious

Writing from Your Subconscious

Guillermo del Toro on the supranatural The film Pan’s Labyrinth was acclaimed for its powerful story and richly beautiful as well as terrifying images. Writer and director Guillermo del Toro once commented, “When you have the intuition that there is something which is there, but out of the reach of your physical world, art and […]

Writers and achievement: endurability and tenacity, not just talent

Writers and achievement: endurability and tenacity, not just talent

Author Dani Shapiro quotes from the essay “Writing in the Cold: The First Ten Years” by Ted Solotaroff, in which he comments about so many talented writers disappearing. “It doesn’t appear to be a matter of talent itself,” he wrote. “Some of the most natural writers, the ones who seemed to shake their prose or […]

Bunny - a Japanese cellphone novelist

Bunny – a Japanese cellphone novelist

For Japan’s cellphone novelists, proof of success is in the print One teenager who wrote a three-volume novel on her phone has gone on to sell more than 110,000 paperback copies, grossing more than $611,000 in sales. By Yuriko Nagano, Los Angeles Times Reporting from Tokyo Photo: “Bunny,” a 15-year-old cellphone novelist, tapped out a […]

The psychology of creativity: Norm Holland on the brain and literature

The psychology of creativity: Norm Holland on the brain and literature

In his book Literature and the Brain, Professor Norman N. Holland details how we may respond so deeply in both creating and experiencing literature – novels, plays, poems, tv and movies – and the neuropsychology underlying our often intense engagement with stories and characters. See a video below. He writes of one iconic film: “The […]

Natalie Goldberg on letting your inner creator have a say

Natalie Goldberg on letting your inner creator have a say

Her first book, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, has sold more than a million copies in ten languages. In an interview, Natalie Goldberg talked about writing to access your energy and creative intuition : A writing practice is simply picking up a pen — a fast-writing pen, preferably, since the mind is […]

Therapist Dennis Palumbo on the Writer's Inner Life

Therapist Dennis Palumbo on the Writer’s Inner Life

Dennis Palumbo, MFT, is a writer and licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in creative issues. This is from an interview for Shrink Rap Radio: Initially, when you start writing, or at least when I started writing, you think the reward is, wow! It’ll be so great to see my words on screen, to see […]

Writing & Reading for Entertainment - Michael Chabon: Entertainment Has a Bad Name

Writing & Reading for Entertainment – Michael Chabon: Entertainment Has a Bad Name

From essay: Let me entertain you, By Michael Chabon Entertainment has come to mean junk. But its definition also should include everything pleasurable that arises from an encounter with literature. Entertainment has a bad name. Serious people learn to mistrust and even to revile it. The word wears spandex, pasties, a leisure suit studded with […]

Writing Honestly - Diablo Cody on Being Confessional and Totally Candid

Writing Honestly – Diablo Cody on Being Confessional and Totally Candid

Diablo Cody’s script Juno earned her an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In some interviews and her own writing before the Oscar win, she talked about keeping her work real. From Diablo Cody’s Tips for Blogging Your Way to Hollywood Success, By John Scott Lewinski, Wired magazine site: “One of my teachers told me […]

J.K. Rowling on Writing and Depression

J.K. Rowling on Writing and Depression

A catastrophic marriage Depression hit Rowling when her first marriage to a television journalist broke down after just two years. She had moved to Portugal to teach English and gave birth to her first daughter Jessica. She said: “I’d had a short and quite catastrophic marriage. I had to get my baby back to Britain […]