Our work belongs only to us. We alone decide whether or not to drive it forward. On the downside, of course, this means that: We are responsible for making this happen. We alone have to do the work. We alone are held accountable for its creation; that process belongs to nobody but ourselves. We alone have to commit […]

What is it that we do with our days? We, of course, enjoy what the world around us has to offer. But do we also put things back out there? For ourself and for others? Coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night. Some takeout for delivery. Or a nice meal out, […]

It is only a phrase to cover up “procrastination” and “excuses.” (And just because we gave ourselves a phrase does not mean that it has validity.) This is the odd phenomenon that happens in creative endeavors, and especially writing: we acknowledge our artistic pursuits as our “work” (and in many cases, even our “life’s work”) […]

Everyone is capable of being an artist. If you do not see this yet, you only need to alter your way of defining “art.” To “do art” requires nothing more than putting something “good” into the world. More simply, to “do art” is to create joy. For yourself. And for others. To be an artist, […]

If you wake up in the morning feeling lackluster, or if you feel yourself regarding your goals with nonchalance, or if you suddenly feel negative or downtrodden or browbeaten, know that there is always one thing you can do: Just choose to feel good. Right now. When you feel like you can do nothing else, […]

When you are working in a vacuum, you periodically wonder if your work is worthwhile. You wonder if what you are doing will pay off. You wonder if your time could be better spent doing something else. And though you enjoy doing what you do and would go on doing it either way, part of […]

You can create great work without the use of writing prompts. Here’s why: Life itself is a writing prompt. You don’t need to stimulate your writing with a prompt. You only have to look around your life and just write down what you think of it. Use anything from real life. It all has a […]