Discipline = Feedom

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Do you believe this? What does it mean? Are you a disciplined writer? If you’re writing every day then yes you are discipline – forget how long. It doesn’t matter how long you write.  Unless you have a deadline, the time you write in a session is less important than the number of sessions you rack up.

If you don’t like the word “disciplined” how about consistent? It’s the same thing. Because you will become a consistent writer if you write every day. Not only that, your brain will get used to the idea that it has to come up with ideas on a consistent basis. It will become easier for you to find your creative path. Creativity will become the norm. Isn’t that what you’ve always wanted?

Observation Thursday

Every Thursday I post something I’ve observed. I don’t know when or where I’ll use it but that doesn’t matter. What matters is the consistent habit of making an observation and writing it down. When you start to do that, everything becomes an idea for the future.




Talking to a four year old.

When: August 7th, in the pool.

Observation:  If you want to know how to be creative and never back down from your creative world, talk to a kid.  Nine times out of ten they say the weirdest thing and when you question them, they look at you like you’re from Mars. You’re the crazy one. You’re wrong, and they’re right. Forget logic. Forget reality.  This is one of those conversations. It happened between my husband and my four year old niece.

NIECE:… and then we met up with her friend and we went to dinner.

HUSBAND: What did you have?

NIECE: Guess.

HUSBAND: Chicken fingers.

NIECE: Um….. what’s that when you go to McDonald’s?

HUSBAND: Chicken Nuggets?

NIECE: (looking at him like he’s from Mars) No! Burger and Fries!

HUSBAND: So you went to McDonald’s?

NIECE: (now looking at him like he has two heads) Nooooooooo.

What you can do with it:  I like a conversation like this because it’s so non linear. It jumps and goes in directions you don’t expect. That’s what it’s like talking to a kid. And that’s what our works need sometimes. They need to be less linear. Less Point A to point B. An observation like this is a great reminder for me to practice writing conversations that don’t make total sense. That’s going to make them more human and more interesting to watch. It’s not about being wacky, just unpredictable. Write a conversation that doesn’t exactly make sense. Point A to Point Q to Point C.

The 12 Most Pervasive Lies About Creativity

I wrote this post “The 12 Most Pervasive Lies About Creativity” over on 12most.com and the reaction has been pretty amazing. There are lots of folks out there who strongly believe  we need to debunk the definition of the word. I couldn’t agree more. There’s a lot of lying going on.

“Creativity only happens in the arts”

There is more than one way to be a creative person and to find creativity in your life. It’s not about picking up a pen or a paint brush, it’s simply looking at the world or a problem in a new way. How many times a day do people have to come up with a new way to solve a problem?

“Creativity only happens to special people”

When people tell me that they think they’re not creative, it’s like they feel something’s missing. They don’t have the right part. I wish I could change their mind and I wish I could show them how easy it is to find creativity within.

“Creative people don’t fail”

Creativity isn’t pretty. It’s messy, it’s full of mistakes. It’s trial and error. All these things are great for your brain. It’s good to fail. The only way to grow is to fail over and over again.

Check out the rest at 12most.com

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Ideas Are Not Magical Ponies


Playwriting, the act of being a playwright comes with a lot of misconceptions.

  • Playwriting is something special.
  • It can only be done by a certain type of artist.
  • It can only be done by creative people who wear a lot of scarves.

And when these creative people decide to write a play, ideas  burst out of their head like a
magical pony, and land on the page ready to be turned into a play.

Ideas are not magical ponies.

Ideas are not fully formed nuggets of perfect creativity. This is what stops many beginning
writers in their tracks. “If I don’t have a perfect idea, why both writing at all? I should wait til
something perfect comes along.” You could wait forever.

Writers don’t wait to write. They write when they don’t feel creative. They write when the
ideas are less than perfect. They write when the writing is ugly and horrible and clunky.
They write when they don’t want to. Writers get words on the page. Ugly horrible writing
is always better than no writing at all.

Reframe the definition of that word: idea.

An idea is not a finished product. Ideas are not novels, or scripts, or songs, or
screenplays. An idea is not the end. It is only the beginning. It is A on the way to Z not A on
the way to B.

Ideas are just  the beginning. Think of them as the first step toward a draft. If all you have
to do is take one step to create an idea, it’s easier to start writing. It’s easier to take one
step than worry about running up an entire staircase.

Think of an idea as a sentence, or a fragment, a thought, a headline, a question.  All of
these are ideas because they start the writing process.

And that is all the writer should care about. The strategies that get words on the page. The
strategies that allow you to start writing now.

Take the first step.

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An Idea Is Not A Magical Pony