Twin City Writers Do you ever wonder what’s behind all the buzz about the Loft Literary Center? Considered the possibility that maybe you should check it out? Or if you already understand why the Loft has such a fabulous reputation, have you been entertaining the thought maybe it’s time you came back? Maybe to register […]
A creative quick hit is something you do for the fun of it for a short time. Quick hits invite you to play with something new and get immediate or nearly immediate satisfaction. Creative quick hits free you to explore and take risks, give you the satisfaction of completion, and remind you that the process works.
If you don’t think of writing as something you have to do, you never find time for it, but if you do make writing something you have to do, it leeches all the joy out of it.
Here’s where a Product Time habit comes to the rescue.
This blog is two years old today and I’m so glad I get to write it today. (Mini-brag: for two years, I published at least one post per week, which was my commitment when I started. Hooray for me!) How often do you talk about writing as something you “get to do today”? When you […]
That’s the magic of taking even just a small step: movement begets movement. Just one email can trigger an avalanche of activity. The trick, of course, is to make sure you’re moving in the right direction. But if you’re feeling immobilized by resistance, just about any movement is a good idea. It’s a lot easier to adjust the direction when you’re moving than it is from a dead stop.
Is there a real difference between a creative flow state (while writing or engaged in any other creative activity) and being lost in a digital trance (which could include being absorbed by TV, emails, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, shopping, etc.)? For most of us, the digital trance is so close to what we’re really looking for in the flow state, we keep going there, hoping that this time it’ll be all we need without enduring the risk and fear that come with surrendering to the flow. What happens in the brain with addiction and resistance are very different processes. But the search for something that’s almost what you need is remarkably similar.
I’m not talking about the trance anyone can slip into when they get online, their eyes glaze over and they numb out. I’m talking about the intentional shift of consciousness writers make to enter the half-dreaming, hypnagogic state where the imaginary world becomes as real or more real than “consensual reality,” where images emerge without effort and […]