Why do anything worth doing when we’re not in the zone? When we write, we want to give ourselves the best advantage we can. When I write distracted, agitated, rushed and tired, I may — through some miracle — manage to write something. But usually, it won’t be much good. It will stray too far from the truth and deliver […]

I know what it’s like to be appallingly scattered and distracted. When I’m not clear on exactly what to do, I procrastinate like it’s my passion. I find ways to escape. Sometimes it’s with videos. Others, it’s through meaningless ‘busy’ tasks like planning my future, even though I’ve ‘planned my future’ several times in the […]

Goals are hard. Well, they’re hard because we look back over a year of forgotten goals — a goal graveyard. They seem hard in retrospect because they appear so untouchable, so intangible. So pointless. But they tell us to set goals, and so every year we write out our list and try again. We might make some […]

There are those days when the fire inside only simmers. What brought you to life yesterday doesn’t strike you like it did today. Why? It could be for many reasons. You slept in, and now your whole day has slowed to your pace. You’re hungover. You ate junk food. Jacqueline didn’t reply to your texts. […]

There is a sense of building despair that comes with repeated failures. We feel our spirit drain with every project dropped for a new one; with every ‘mistake’; with every rejection. Failure is good if we view it for the value it holds, yes. But at some point, we need to see some success — […]

You’ve finally finished your masterpiece. You’re beaming. You feel good about it this time. Could this be your big break? You’ve added a funky title and some trendy hashtags. You hit publish, feeling a mix of excitement and some trepidation. An hour later… Three measly likes and a comment from a stalker. What happened? Doesn’t the […]

E.L. Doctorow once said: “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing, and learn as you go.” As my daily writing experiments have shown, he is right. Writing can reveal a lot about the world and ourselves. The sheer act of writing unlocks that which is deep within the dusty libraries of my mind. Until recently, I treated writing as a […]

I’ll be honest with you. I’m 33 years old and still find life hard. I still feel like a beginner. I still feel mostly clueless. I still get scared and dread things. For the most part, things are hopeful. I’m productive, I’m exercising enough, feeling positive, and I am grateful for what I have. I can experience moments of brilliance, where I feel like I’m on […]

Creativity can be effortless in some moments and a nightmare in others. At times, it flows, like a catamaran gliding over glassy waters in a persistent gale. At others, we feel like weary explorers battling through the thick, grasping vines of our jungle minds. Often we try to start our work when we are scattered. We […]

Here it is again. That wave of discomfort. It starts like a rippling in my chest, and then a ping in my throat. I couldn’t describe the emotion because it is composed of several. Frustration; boredom; anger; restlessness; confusion, and borderline despair. I’m also sleepy. This can’t be a good start, can it? Well, yes […]