What Do I Believe In?

What Do I Believe In?

I had a cool meeting with Simon Hodges in Amsterdam last week. He’s a Story Telling professional and someone whose company I immensely enjoy. During the course of a pretty wild-ranging discussion, he basically asked me: what do I believe in? What do I want to see in...
What Creativity Does To Your Brain

What Creativity Does To Your Brain

The act of creation, creativity itself and the fine art of getting really good at these two things are matters that have preoccupied me a lot of late. In a previous post about the 10 000 hours of mastery, a reader positted that some people just never seem to get...
How Creativity Will Save The World

How Creativity Will Save The World

It’s all in the name: creature We are all creatures… we are all born and made up of creation. It seems so logical and yet… so many of us feel trapped in a world of endlessly predictable repeats. In fact, our world depends on these repeats to survive. Without it, there...
Looking Away: 5 Good Reasons To Take A Break

Looking Away: 5 Good Reasons To Take A Break

“Look Away, Look Away” sang Big Country way back in the 80’s somewhere… I am pretty sure they weren’t giving writing advice, but it works pretty well anyway. Can’t see the wood for the trees? Take a break. Writing can sometimes be the most depressing activity....
Begin At The Beginning

Begin At The Beginning

There is a world of difference between coming up with a great idea for a book and starting to write one. You’ll have seen the endless quotes from writers about how they came up with the ending FIRST and then reverse engineered the story from there. That’s actually a...
Why Are You Doing This Again?

Why Are You Doing This Again?

Depending on WHAT exactly you are working on, you’ve probably run into this question more than once. In some forms of writing more than others! Whenever it happens it is a good idea to actually remind yourself of why. 1) Being aware of your REAL motivation to write...