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based on a study, where creativity is dark. thoughts?

this lady wrote that the artists, musicians, authors, and scientists and “creative geniuses” she studied all had a solemn bent towards melancholia. some experienced severe mental illness, or had a prevalent history of mental illness within their family sphere. people like Kurt Vonnegut, Sylvia Plath, James Joyce, etc. It’s called, “Secrets of The Creative Brain,”… Continue reading based on a study, where creativity is dark. thoughts?

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Affirmations for Balance

I am not a target for unruly power plays. My life is one (won) with balance. I do not give into panic, for I am, along with my surroundings, aligned perfectly with my highest, most courageous and delicious manifestation of TOTAL WELL-BEING. All parts of my life are made whole by love and light; the… Continue reading Affirmations for Balance

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On this Solar Eclipse: Writing Suggestion

If the writing’s not rich, examine where it’s coming from. Have you gone beyond the mental stage of ideas and concepts? Below ground, between the logic; have you melted inside that burning core, just to witness what new element it might become? Take a moment to possess less of your story. Try, instead, to let… Continue reading On this Solar Eclipse: Writing Suggestion

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Reading as Awareness, not Escape: an aside.

I never bought into the idea that reading was an escape. Sure, you go somewhere and visit with new characters, get “lost” in worlds and made-up dramas. But ultimately (as all things do) it just brings you closer to yourself. True escapism, in my book, would be reading for the sake of falling into a coma:… Continue reading Reading as Awareness, not Escape: an aside.

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Self-Editing Tip 2: Strike Through Vague Language! (With Writing Prompts)

Tip #2. When self-editing, your Strikethrough key loves vague language. Example: A) “I was completely obsessed with Nick.” (Mmk, common enough…we know this person is obsessed, but what does obsession look like? Strikeout that previous sentence and then ask, How can we say this more dramatically, with language the evokes, excites, stirs? Raise some brows, my dears…)… Continue reading Self-Editing Tip 2: Strike Through Vague Language! (With Writing Prompts)

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General thoughts, staring out a cafe window.

As a writer, you decide what’s real, what’s phantom. As a human, you decide this, too. Write your story so that, by the end of it, all of its living matter has left you. Be empty of it, so it may breathe and grow and birth many stories of its own. There are no mistakes, really.… Continue reading General thoughts, staring out a cafe window.

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Staying Present While the Writing’s Half-Formed

The words don’t always form, but their meanings might.  It’s like watching a scene without hearing.  You make sense of what you can, with what you’re given, straining harder to see what’s right in front of you.  The funny part?  It’s when the senses are withdrawn that all components of your story join together.  Breathe,… Continue reading Staying Present While the Writing’s Half-Formed

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Writing from the Pulse

“Only write from your own passion, your own truth. That’s the only thing you really know about, and anything else leads you away from the pulse.” ― Marianne Williamson Coming from a woman who’s authored over a dozen books, I’d say she’s onto something.  If you feel pressure to conform to what is currently popular, come… Continue reading Writing from the Pulse