Discipline

I think it’s safe to look at my last couple of weeks as a failure. These “daily doses” are meant to be written every day, of course, and I definitely dropped the ball. I know life happens and I can’t do everything, but there were definitely mornings when I knew I had the time. AllContinue reading “Discipline”

I May Destroy You

Holy. That season finale. I won’t go into specific details but please don’t read any further if you’re avoiding any amount of spoilers. I’d just like to comment on Michaela Coel’s talent for crafting a narrative structure. The recurring motif of the season, or perhaps more accurately the allegory that underpins Arabella’s process of healing,Continue reading “I May Destroy You”

Shifting Gears

I’ve been feeling discouraged when it comes to a couple of projects I’ve been working on. Here are two things I remind myself when I’m uninspired (wow, there’s a clickbait-y sentence): 1. I control the reactions I have to my own emotions. Many different emotions will surface over the course of a day. I couldContinue reading “Shifting Gears”

Benefits of Solitude

Carve time out in your day to be alone with your thoughts. That can be a scary idea for many people, but I do think it’s so beneficial to the creative process, no matter what you’re creating. An artist’s mind is unique to the artist. We’re all brains in jars. And the innovative thoughts uniqueContinue reading “Benefits of Solitude”

Finger On The Pulse

Allow yourself to get excited when you feel you have your finger on the pulse of something. If a creative idea is bubbling to the surface or what you’re working on is starting to make itself clearer, don’t get discouraged if you can’t quite articulate it in its entirety. Sometimes I put hours of workContinue reading “Finger On The Pulse”

Open to Wonders

We can’t always predict when wondrous things will happen to us. But we can open ourselves to them, allowing prosperity and joy to enter our lives without closing them out. It may be a cliché, but the past is indeed the past. Continuing to get caught up in what could have been prevents us fromContinue reading “Open to Wonders”

On What You Know

To add to yesterday’s post on being in the middle of the process: when I’m confused about what’s going on or can’t quite see the full picture, I try to focus on what I do know: This character wants to break up with his boyfriend but doesn’t know how. The next scene likely won’t happenContinue reading “On What You Know”