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How to Create When You're Feeling Small & Powerless

 

Disclaimer: This is a piece about how to keep creating when you feel less than stellar, but please don't misinterpret this overall message "no matter what, you have to keep working". That is not the goal! You all know I'm a huge promoter of rest, naps, and general self care, so if that's...

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How to Avoid Burnout

Lessons On Chilling Out

I know, you probably didn’t expect to be getting advice from the flamboyant cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi) today, but here we go.

If you’re familiar at all with these creatures, you may know that they’re quite famous for their flashy, brilliant...

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How to Embrace Your Creative Seasons

The Fall of Summer:

Digging Into Your Creative Seasons

Friends! As I’m writing this, the cool air is whipping in through the windows and I’ve got my favorite gray sweater wrapped around my shoulders. I don’t know about you, but where I am, we’ve officially reached the...

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My Top Five Youtube Channels for Background Music While Working

My Top Five Youtube Channels for Writing

Quick tip today, party possums!

Do you write or create to music? Not only is it a great way to help you focus, it can also be key to programming your brain to set an actual creative habit. (Because you begin to associate the specific music with...

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How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Harnessing Comparison to Empower You:

Don't let the haters (in your own head) get ya down!

Have you ever noticed that shift when you’re scrolling through Instagram? One minute, you're feeling inspired and eager to create something awesome, and then the next, you’re...

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How to Stay Open to Creative Intuition (But Still Get Stuff Done!)

Question: Do you ever find yourself wanting to get work done, but also want to stay open to those tiny, creative nudges that come along? Do you find yourself struggling to balance deadlines or projects with "free" time to follow your nose and engage with some creative play? We all...

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A Five Minute Trick to Help You Feel Happier, Instantly

Let's face it: we're all feeling rundown these days. If you're reading this in 2020, we're smack dab in the middle of a pandemic. And if you happen to be reading this a little later, I bet you there are still creative hiccups and challenges taking place. Burnout, feeling rundown, and...

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Capturing the Tide: Three Tips from Writing Real Women

This post first appeared on Kate Messner's Teachers Write. Be sure to sign up for weekly posts throughout the summer!

Feeling daunted at the thought of distilling someone’s entire life into a picture book biography in a way that feels responsible, meaningful, and entertaining? Jess Keating...

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Here's How to Overcome Your Imposter Syndrome

You know the feeling. You walk into a party, or onto a stage, or get an invite to do something you're otherwise completely psyched about, only to hear your inner critic pronounce loudly and clearly:

"You're not good enough to handle this!"

Instantly, the sense of excitement is gone and you're...

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A Month of Women, Stories, and Science

This week, to celebrate the coming launch of my book Ocean Speaks, I wanted to dig some fun things I've got planned for the month.

Enjoy!!

 

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Here's the Secret to Staying Creatively Inspired

When I first started writing about how to get inspired, I realized the truth: I don’t believe getting inspired is the answer. Instead, we need to be inspired. All the time. Don’t roll your eyes! I know it’s a lofty goal. But you’re a writer: you’re built to do this.

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