Stop the Block

Writer’s Block is the most common manifestation of Resistance.  It prevents you from getting your work onto the page.  It’s the terror of the blank screen. Writer’s Block has prevented many people from doing the work that they were meant to do. Many prolific writers don’t believe writer’s block exists.  For the rest of us,…

Progress not Perfection

One of the mantras I’ve been repeating for the past few weeks is “Progress not Perfection”.  I’m sure it has been said by many people, but I most recently heard it from Marie Forleo. Whenever I’m getting beaten up by Resistance and I’m getting distracted from doing work, those three words give me hope.  And…

New Beginnings

Tomorrow I start a new job. It’s funny how the working life affects the creative life. For years, I had a routine that seemed to work very well. I would write and/or read on my commute to work, taking tiny steps towards a project. If I had a deadline, I would also do some work…

Channelling Your Inner Child

Last week, I was invited to go see some young poets read from their works at a Chapters store. My friend Kevin teaches grade two in an elementary school and runs a writing club after classes. He had arranged the reading. The club is made up of kids from grades 3 to grade 8. I…