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Forming Your Identity as a Writer

The Real Secrets I Learned from My First Writing Program

In 2006 I was living in San Francisco, working at a private detective agency, and thinking about picking up writing again. I had moved to San Francisco in 2004 and I had quit drinking in 2005. For the past couple of years I had felt lost and confused. I didn’t really know what to do with myself if alcohol wasn’t going to be a major part of my life. I’d used it for a long time to numb myself and block my emotions—especially those emotions I felt around writing. Continue Reading

The Difficulty Writers Have with Identity

Beheaded FaceThe essence of creativity is flow. Creative energy is a fluid, dynamic force that lights us on fire, loves to play with illusion, and changes shape in the blink of an eye. To truly tap into deep creativity, we must embrace and welcome transformation.

But this is harder than it sounds for most of us, who are also human and naturally resistant to change. Continue Reading

Are You Still “Aspiring”? How to Level Up as a Writer.

If you’re like most writers you’ve probably sworn to yourself at one time or another that you will make time for your writing. And then…you didn’t make time for your writing. Or maybe your New Year’s resolution this year was to write more, to write every day, and now…it’s three weeks later and you’re still just not doing the amount of writing necessary in order for you to feel happy and creatively fulfilled. Continue Reading

The One Thing You’re Doing to Block Your Writing Success

Most of us have two identities inside that are struggling for domination.

There is the potential person that we would like to be, and there is the person in the present, which we see ourselves as every day.

Depending on how satisfied you are with your life, the gap between your present and your potential can vary widely. Continue Reading