The Rules of Creative Writing

Creative writing is what it is: creative.  And what that means to me is that there are no rules, except there are actually many. Make a List of Creative Writing Rules Stop for a minute, if you wish, and make a list of all of the creative writing rules you can think up.  How many on […]

Optimizing Your Writing Space

As a creative writer, there are many layers to your work. There’s the actual writing process, and there’s your writing place.  Today, I’m going to talk about how I optimize my writing space and give you ideas on how you can optimize your own. Where do you like to write, and how do you optimize […]

Self-Expression: Art Therapy Activities

“The simple act of creative expression connects us with an inner-self of vitality.”–Doreen Meister, MA, MFT Meister is an expressive arts therapist who practices out of Oakland, Calif.  I recently read an article where she discussed the benefits of art therapy and gave three techniques that you can try yourself. The article “3 Art Therapy […]

How Not to Teach a Writing Class

Interesting that I’ve been thinking about how to be the best writing teacher, and I happened to come across this old episode of Grace Under Fire that shows how NOT to teach creative writing.  Watch from about 10:52 until 12:40 to see an example of creating a non-safe space writing environment! Journal, if you wish: […]

Psychological Safety and Creativity

This morning, I was reading a study published in Harvard Business Review about how high performing teams need psychological safety to perform at their best. This made me think about creative people: I think a majority of creators need psychological safety to perform AT ALL and certainly to perform at their best. What is Psychological […]

Safe Space Creativity

I’ve been reading about the idea of “trauma sensitive” or “trauma inspired” yoga.  I believe that some of the same concepts can apply to creative writing.  How many people are scared to journal or be creative because of bad experiences they’ve had in the past? With this new understanding, I like the idea of creating […]