Always be dreaming

I've been having trouble writing, because I haven't been thinking. Now, since I've started spending more time each day just drifting, mentally, I find I'm a lot more inspired. I think mind-wandering is important for me. It's hard when we are all currently surrounded by chaos, evil, and death, but all that stress and anxiety …

What inspires you to write?

A certain feeling, or idea? A shade, or color? A memory, or a dream? Grab every little thing that sparks your imagination, and use it. The bobbing head of a black bird, the way a leaf twists in the chill wind, the boiling shape of a cloud. The twirl of your gut while falling from …

Amazing ideas

You have them, all the time. And some part of you might want to hold onto them, to save them for later when you're 'better'. Or you might think that one idea is the best idea you'll ever have, and you might feel anxious to get it right. Well, you'll have a hundred other ideas, …

write six billion stories

If you were an immortal, how many stories could you write before you got bored of the whole idea of stories? I can't imagine ever getting tired of making stuff up... but I suppose there must be a limit. Every thing that has ever happened, never happened, can't happen, or must happen--all are stories. How, with …

Just stop thinking

I read this article about writer and writing teacher Kathryn Harrison, who offers the advice to her students "just stop thinking." I find this to be terrific advice. Thinking is the bane of most creative activities, and I say this as a proponent of science and learning and understanding on all fronts. Think before you …