Three Surprising Sources for Writers ISO Ideas

Inspiration strikes in strange and unexpected ways. But when it doesn't strike, there are some tricks to juice it along.

The Next Best Thing To Time Travel

If only I could rev up my Time Machine for my historical fiction research. Instead, I made a few workarounds.

Creativity Works…When You Work It

If you're a creative type, you already know this. But who doesn't need this reminder, every now and then?

When The Narrow View Widens Out, It Becomes Universal

Building on our own experiences and emotions creates the truest art we can make.

A Lesson In Perspective

Some lessons apply equally well to photography and to life.

15 Ways To Succeed While You’re Hunting Agents

If you're querying agents or hunting jobs, you're in it for the long haul. So how to succeed?

Ordinary Actions And Memorable Reactions

When every action yields a reaction, the choices become pretty important.

Seven Ways Writers Can Play ‘What If?’ To Get Inspired

When inspiration doesn't flow, I play the 'What If?' game in seven idea-stoking ways.

2015 Measured By What You Liked Best

Your favorite posts from 2015 about the creative process revealed a thing or two about you.

Tis The Season For The Gathering To Begin!

Gathering Christmas traditions, family, friends and good cheer: my wish for you.

Where Inspiration Lies, Motivation Lurks

Inspiration is everywhere. But motivation has a misunderstood, trickier aspect to it.

Rewards on A Rainy Day in the Maine Woods

Looking closely at what’s not so obvious always rewards the observer.

Inspired By What’s On The Way

There are discoveries to be made on the way to any destination, if you're on the lookout.

Requirements for Writing Fiction

Required prerequisite for fiction writers: Embrace your dual gifts.

What I Like About Photography

Take a walk and keep your iPhone handy, because there's always another picture around the bend.

What Happens When You Let Go

Letting go encourages good habits because it creates space for so much creative abundance to move in.

45 Quotes to Inspire You

No sense flailing around in a creative vacuum. You can't wait for inspiration—find some here.

Orange on Corduroy Like Flies on Rice

Here's a ski tip: There are always rewards for having your IPhone handy, especially on a ski slope.

Prescription for a Creative Funk

When you find the creative winds deflating in your sails, try a different tack. Take a time out.

Living Life in the Details

Nature reminds us that the cycle of life plays out in the details.

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