6,000 Filaments to a Light Bulb: Why You Need to Fail Many, Many Times Before You Find Something That Works
The Writing Process

6,000 Filaments to a Light Bulb: Why You Need to Fail Many, Many Times Before You Find Something That Works

Why do we conflate creating with suffering?  The word “artist” conjures images of manic-depressive poets who drink themselves to death and mad painters who chop off their own ears.  Our conception of writers is especially bleak.  In our minds, the writer is a tormented soul who spends his days hunched over his desk, forehead wrinkled … Continue reading

Passion vs. Curiosity
The Writing Process

Passion vs. Curiosity

Finishing a project brings about two contradictory emotions: exaltation and dread.  On one hand, birthing an idea and witnessing its metamorphosis from squirming caterpillar to a shimmering creature capable of flight offers a sense of gratification few things can.  We mere mortals accomplished a feat of God-like proportions: we brought something into being that previously didn’t exist!  … Continue reading

On Criticism, Revision & Maintaining Neutrality When We Revisit Our Work
The Writing Process

On Criticism, Revision & Maintaining Neutrality When We Revisit Our Work

All writers occasionally doubt themselves when they revisit their work.  “You, a writer?!?” our censors scoff, “can your sentences be any more choppy?”  “And that ending?  Could you conclude in a more predictable way?  I thought we did away with ‘in the end’ and ‘all and all’ in 2nd grade?” Suddenly, our work, our whole … Continue reading

3 Surprising Habits of Original People
Artist's Inspiration

3 Surprising Habits of Original People

According to organizational psychologist Adam Grant, the most inventive, innovative people have what most of us believe are “bad” habits: they procrastinate, they experience fear and doubt, they even have horrible ideas. But it is because of these “bad” habits-not in spite of them-that creative people have breakthroughs.  1. Bad habit #1: They procrastinate Ever … Continue reading

Innovators & Conservers: The Creative vs. the Practical Self
Artist's Inspiration

Innovators & Conservers: The Creative vs. the Practical Self

According to Julia Cameron, author of smash hit The Artist’s Way, there are two kinds of people: innovators and conservers.  As artists, we are most often innovators: we create and invent, experiment and explore.   Those who work with our work-agents, managers, publishers, gallery owners, curators, producers- are conservers.  As Cameron maintains, “conservers focus not on the … Continue reading