Are You on the Right Path?

Are You on the Right Path?

You’re a writer. You’ve been doing this for a while. You hope that one day you’ll be doing it for a living. But how can you be sure you’re on the right path? There isn’t a map to becoming a full-time writer, but there are signs along the way that tell you you’re...
A Routine Boost to Your Creativity

A Routine Boost to Your Creativity

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about routines? Something boring, no doubt. Like waking up at six, or brushing your teeth, or doing the dishes after dinner each evening. Did you know, though, that routines can be used to boost your...
Retyping Your Favorite Book

Retyping Your Favorite Book

This tip is nothing new, but it is often overlooked. Musicians learn by playing other people’s songs long before they write and compose their own. Painters paint still life, or copy existing paintings to understand a particular art style. Architects sketch buildings...
The Song Stuck in Your Head

The Song Stuck in Your Head

It happened to you at least once in your lifetime. A fragment of a song insisted on following you around. You tried to hum and whistle, but it wouldn’t go away. A friend told you that you need to listen to the whole thing; your brain kept the song on repeat because it...
Perfectionism, and on Why People Buy Books

Perfectionism, and on Why People Buy Books

Many writers are self-proclaimed perfectionists. But let me ask you this: Has anyone ever written a perfect book? Does a perfect book exist? And by perfect, I don’t mean a favorite to many, but a book that’s objectively better than every other book; excellent or...