Productive Pastimes: Take 10

(Photo Credit: Tumbr) By Alina Chase Do you also experience belated ah-ha’s: witty comebacks ten minutes too late or correct solutions to problems as you’re driving home from an exam or business meeting?   This is why taking frequent, short breaks even—or especially—when we’re writing fast and furiously can increase productivity. Our brains keep working […]

Rate this:

Creativity: Capture Your Dreams

  (Photo Credit: Tumblr)     Dreams play out our deepest fears and our wildest fantasies—the stuff great fiction is made of. Approximately four times each night, our minds take creative journeys. Sometimes mystifying, sometimes delightful, dreams are stories, poems, settings and scenes waiting to be expressed. The trick, of course, is capturing them.     I’m […]

Rate this:

Creativity: Get Uncomfortable

By Alina Chase What is creativity but combining ideas, concepts and images in an imaginative way to “create” something fresh and exciting? And where does creative fuel come from? Life! The more of it we experience, the more our muses have to work with.   Think about it. Ten-year-olds can write imaginatively, but because kids […]

Rate this:

Small Goals, Small Steps

By Alina Chase How can it be so hard starting something we want to do, know we’ll enjoy doing and know we’ll feel fantastic about accomplishing? While we have very different life, work and writing routines, I’ll bet we share some of the same roadblocks. Some days we’re worn out. Others we’re indecisive, perhaps overwhelmed […]

Rate this:

Tune In To Your Rhythms

By Alina Chase ——————- We all have daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms. Working with them is one of the most painless ways to increase productivity. Write when we write best, and relieve ourselves of guilt-inducing deadlines when we know our creative energy wanes. This sounds simple. So why is it so hard to do? We […]

Rate this:

Characters: Critter Analogies

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia) A creative diversion from Alina Chase Want to shortcut creating a diverse cast of characters? Each character needs one, at most a few, distinguishing physical and personality traits. Why try to imagine (and keep track of!) subtle differences between humans when posting photos of critters with a few notes about key features […]

Rate this:

How Long Should Your Book Be?

(Photo Credit: Pinterest) CREATIVE STRATEGIES How Long Should Your Book Be? By Alina Chase Since deciding that life is too short to struggle through books—no matter how much I paid for them–I finish fewer than 50% of the fiction and nonfiction books I began reading with great enthusiasm.  It’s not ADD; it’s boredom. Which I […]

Rate this: