Want to curate creativity? Be curious, go running, don’t ditch the bad ideas.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I’ve had this blog post sitting on my desktop — unwritten aside from title — for two days now. The original title? CREATIVITY. Pretty creative, eh? Because here’s the thing about creativity…at least MY creativity…it’s usually flowing strong but not always in the direction it needs to be going. As I write this I have a magazine article, a magazine pitch, two book synopses, and revisions for book 2 sitting…


Creativity: Stay Open to It

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

As a shiny-new author, I’m already aware of the fascination book lovers have with where ideas come from. I have yet to be at a book event where the guest author isn’t asked where the ideas come from? With all the books and movies and tv shows out there, it is astounding that creators keep finding news ways to tell stories. Yet, we do. Once upon a time, considering myself…


Guest Author Mary Vensel White on Looking Inward, Opening Outward + Giveaway of THE QUALITIES OF WOOD

Saturday, June 14, 2014

We are thrilled to welcome Mary Vensel White, whose debut novel launches in just a few days on June 17! Called “a haunting and provocative debut” by Christina Baker Cline, author of Orphan Train, The Qualities of Wood is a novel about secrets. Family secrets. Community secrets. And secrets between lovers, past and present. And all of these secrets have their price. When Betty Gardiner dies, leaving behind an unkempt country…


Creativity and Going Back to Nature

Friday, June 13, 2014

As luck would have it, this week’s Deb Ball topic coincided with my life quite well. I just returned from a mini-writers retreat on the Oregon coast. I’m pretty relaxed right now, so I’m not full of deep thoughts. That said (I’m such a liar!), here’s what I think: I think modern life can deplete us. It can sap our inner resources, including our creativity. We are so busy, we sometimes…


Flexing those other creative muscles

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Here’s a dirty secret about writing on a professional level: it’s hard to be creative under a deadline. The best ideas take time to develop, and sometimes we have to yank them out of the incubator before they are ready. Many of us authors are harsh self-critics to begin with, so putting an end date on the creative process only exacerbates the problem. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to…


5 Sure-Fire Ways to Kill Creativity or Your Money Back, Guaranteed

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The question, “How do you stay creative?” reminds me of the question, “Where do you get your ideas from?” There isn’t a set way, a step-by-step guide, to creative inspiration. But I know from experience that there are sure-fire ways to kill creativity. I’ve caught myself doing quite a few and I would only recommend them if you hate creativity and you want it gone, finished, kersplatted. 1. Stop letting…


Deb Eleanor on Autobiographies

I’ve been to a lot of author readings, and without fail, someone will ask some form of this question: “Is your book autobiographical?” I’m not sure why people tend to assume that all fiction is autobiographical, but on the other hand, I think it often is, at least to some extent. Writers write about things that interest them, and many of us are inspired by what we see in our…

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Deb Elise’s Wild Terror of New Beginnings

Creatively, there’s not much that’s more daunting than a totally blank page waiting for you to spin it into either gold… or crap.  Those are of course the only options — each blank page will either catapult your career to that coveted next level, or reveal you for the fraud you truly are. Know what helps me?  Writing freelance, and having all kinds of deadlines. Since I still have all…

Monday, January 3, 2011

Deb Elise’s Creative Challenge

Okay, I have an idea. I don’t know about everyone else out there, but I’m guessing a lot of you are like me, in that my main creative outlet is writing.  It’s great and I love it, but it’s not like I sing, or play an instrument, or knit, or scrapbook, or sculpt, or paint… I write. The above are crafts I did not make. But the more I thought…

Monday, November 29, 2010

Finding… and Losing Your Muse by Deb Meredith

I once spent a whole afternoon shopping for the perfect pair of shoes to wear to a fancy dress party. Exhausted, I got on the metro to ride home. I was sitting in a daze and was surprised when my stop came. I jumped up, got off the train and left my shoes behind. Sadly, I had to wear a pair of shoes I already owned to the ball that…

Wednesday, June 3, 2009