Writing Step #2: Make a Plan

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Mother Muse and Inspired Soup

Okay, so this may be a hard pill to swallow for us creative types. I don't know about you, but in the past I never believed creativity could bow to a time clock. After all, isn't inspiration an in-the-moment kind of thing? Doesn't Mother Muse bestow gifts of inspiration out of the blue, which means we've got to grab her with both hands before she flits away into the darkness, not to be seen or heard from again for who knows how long? 

The surprising answer is a resounding NO. Creativity and inspiration are indeed mysterious in many ways, but also predictable in others. Inspiration is almost always a result of cognitive soup simmering on the back burner, slowly stewing in our tasty creative juices until a savory dish of inspiration is ready to be...

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On the Night Breeze

general inspiration Apr 06, 2020

If you're like me, good ideas sometimes seem to float in on the night breeze, like some angelic visitor slipping in unseen who does her heavenly work and then steals away before first light. Upon awakening, I am enlightened by her midnight ministrations as I discover the gift left behind...a beautiful idea...one that falls upon me like manna from heaven.

No, no, I realize it's not always this easy. Some ideas are birthed in the tiresome work of mental grind, the labor of which is borne painfully in our conscious awareness and for which we feel every excruciating contraction. These ideas are no less lovely to behold, however, once wrenched from our inner selves and delivered into the squalling light of day.

The notion of creating The Write Cause certainly felt like the former, but it most likely stems from both. After years of working within my passion to help others, it is this particular progeny, this cause, that I've come to love the most. Perhaps it is because this effort...

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