How To Break Through Writer’s Block

Why Me? What qualifies me, a not-yet-published novelist and (frequently negligent) blogger, to give you advice on how to break through writer’s block? I’m no newbie to creativity. I earned a BFA in Film Production and won the Chapman University Visual Storytelling Award. I’ve written over a hundred...

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Three Steps to Reclaiming Your Year

At the beginning of this year (which feels like about three weeks ago), I shared 6 Steps to Creative Fulfillment. Blink. It’s fleeping JUNE. When did that happen?! The year is almost half gone—but I’m here to insist it’s not too late to have your best creative year ever. To that purpose, I present...

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Mercy Killing

One summer during high school I took a job that required me to trap rats. The bank my mom worked for hired my sister, my best friend Dan, and me to clean up one of their foreclosure properties before they put it up for sale. The house was enormous and tacky, a sort of Floridian nightmare with semi-gloss...

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Divine Dissatisfaction

Below is the most authentic description I’ve ever read of the artist’s experience of creating. As I work on draft two of my novel, I’m reminded how incomplete even the best work can be, how tantalizing even the smallest morsel of satisfaction is, and how I’ll likely spend...

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6 Steps to Creative Fulfillment in 2013

I hate January. I much prefer October. Yup, October is the sweet spot; I’ve spent nine months building up momentum! Whatever’s going to happen during this year is already set in motion. By the time I’m done lamenting letting another Halloween go by without dressing up like Obi-Wan,...

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