Creative Confidence: How to Believe in Yourself [and Your Art]

“Self-confidence grows every time you keep a promise to yourself.” —Asha Dornfest Sometimes everything just feels right. You feel confident and relaxed, as if life and your creative projects are all swimming along sweetly. Other times, a fluctuation in your creativity, subtle anxiety or momentary doubt can knock your confidence and lead you to question everything you […]

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John Steinbeck’s 6 Tips for the Aspiring Writer

“A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.” ~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden […]

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Free-Writing: The Secret of All Successful Writers

When the words do not flow or the blank screen stares back at you, mockingly, one of the finest secrets of all to loosen your language and liberate your prose is to use this writing technique. “Whatever exercise you need to do to keep healthy and fit for your body, this is a thing you do to […]

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Henry Miller’s 11 Tips to Writing Well

Writing Advice by Henry Miller These writing tips were originally written by Anaïs Nin’s not-so-secret lover in Henry Miller’s book, On Writing. 1. Work on one thing at a time until finished. 2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.” 3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in […]

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7 Secrets to Unleash Your Creativity Inspired by Eastern Wisdom

Write Like a Warrior When heading into a fight a true warrior is relaxed and flexible, just as you need to be flexible in your approach to writing and creativity. If you enter the creative process filled with tension, lacking in confidence, or with creative anxiety, fear and doubt that fear can translate onto the page, leading your writing […]

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Neil Gaiman’s 8 Finest Writing Tips

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art ― write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, […]

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Elizabeth Gilbert on Finding Your Elusive Creative Genius

In this talk ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ author, Elizabeth Gilbert, contemplates the impossible things that are expected from artists, authors and geniuses — she shares the interesting idea that, instead of the rare person being a genius, all of us have a genius. It’s amusing, inspiring, insightful, personal and moving talk. “Gilbert is irreverent, hilarious, zestful, courageous, intelligent, and […]

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8 Tools to Overcome Resistance, Uncertainty and Let Your Writing Flow

When working on your creative projects much like climbing [or cycling] up a mountain, there are times when it feels like you are heading blindly into the mist, unsure of optimum direction and progress. Perhaps you find yourself fluctuating between confidence and uncertainty, or filled with a momentary unease or anxiety about where you and your creative offerings […]

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9 Practices to Inspire Your Writing in an Instant

When writing is such a deep and vital part of your life, everything can feel off-centre if you are not engaging in the act itself and writing. It’s one of the greatest ironies of all when writers do not do the very thing the love the most and write. Equally, when our writing refuses to flow […]

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Creative Yin and Yang: Making Time for Writing While Riding the Waves of Creativity

Some days nothing we write seems good enough, other days, it’s as if the nine muses themselves have descended onto the page. After one of those magical writing days, we long for them all to be like that, to all be graced with exquisite inspiration and flow but every moment we dedicate to writing, no […]

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