I’m not one to normally make assumptions. Yet I’m confident in expressing my belief that if you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve probably found yourself stuck on more than one occasion. Along with yours, my hand is most certainly raised. It’s a byproduct of the writer’s life, I’m afraid. Creative knots are totally normal, completely frustrating, and naturally, predictable in their unpredictability.
Over the course of her career, Toni Morrison has written novels, essays, plays, children’s books, and has been awarded some of literature’s most prestigious honors like the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award. It might be difficult to imagine relating to a writer of such prestige, but as it turns out, she’s just like us.
Doing less of anything is not a philosophy I championed until becoming a mother. I certainly didn’t work myself to the bone, but I also didn’t see how pruning projects could help me make even more progress on the ones that mattered.
Writers need tools. From favorite pens and computers to newsletter software and mug warmers, there’s a long list of things that help support us. But what about sleep? Learn more about yoga nidra, a sleep-based style of meditation that can help unleash your creativity.
At a writing conference in Raleigh, I loved the response from a poet who was asked how she stays positive in the face of all the rejection letters that come in.