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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Key Questions Part 1

Questions to Unlock Creativity

What did you intend to do in your writing this week? Did you commit to that in some tangible way? Have you created accountability for your writing? In other words, who else knows and cares about when and how you write?

In case it hasn’t occurred to you yet, those are leading questions. I’ve seen the power of setting intentions and I suspect you have, too. So, if you aren’t in the habit of setting intentions for your writing every week, I encourage you to start.

I also recommend you give yourself the gift of accountability by finding at least one person who knows what commitments you’re making to your writing and who will celebrate with you when you honor those commitments.  

The Mastering the Writing Habit group that started working together 9 months ago are still emailing each other once a week with brief accounts of what they did for themselves as writers and what they’re committing to doing in the coming week. They keep emailing each other because it works – they’re all achieving what they want to achieve, showing up for their writing and other habits that support writing, and feeling the satisfaction that comes with challenging themselves to do what matters.

If you don’t have a local writing community to witness your intentions and commitments, consider this your virtual community. Feel free to post a comment every week telling us what you intended to do in your writing life last week, what you actually did, and what you commit to doing in your writing life in the coming week.

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