New Articles on Procrastination and Perfectionism, and How to Help Your Kid Kick the Video Game Habit

Just posted new, updated sections on how to recognize and overcome Procrastination and Perfectionism. Please check them out! Also posted a new article called How to Help Your Kids Kick the Video Game Habit. It’s adapted from one I published a while back on the Psychology Today blog, andit will be useful to anyone (not […]

Good Apps for Distraction-Free Writing

Here are ten apps that let you write on a “clean” screen without distracting menus or other junk.  

My Dad’s Finest Hour

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My dad was an intelligent, creative, and incredibly thwarted man who was unhappy much of his life. I suggested a couple of times that he get therapy, and his answer was, “What do you think I am–nuts?” And so he never got happier. So I’m really happy to read that more elderly people are using […]

Seth Godin and Jennifer Crusie on Artistic Legitimacy

Interesting that Godin and Crusie independently came up with a "white night" metaphor for the irrational gatekeepers that keep us from feeling legitimate. In case the knight isn't enough, here he is on a unicorn. Image (c) Eli Wolff and used with kind permission.

Following onto the post about Amanda Palmer’s exhortation to legitimize yourself as an artist, instead of waiting for gatekeepers to do so, here are marketing guru Seth Godin and best-selling romance author Jennifer Crusie on the same topic. First, Godin: No knight, no shining armor “Sure, Seth can do that, because he has a popular […]

Cat is Literal Writer’s Block

Deborah Underwood's cat Bella, a literal impediment to writing progress.

Children’s author Deborah Underwood catches her cat Bella in the act of literally being a writer’s block. (Sitting on one of Deb’s notebooks.) Read an interview with Bella here. Like all cats, she’s got opinions!

Amanda Palmer on Why Artists Should Self-Promote (Bonus: How To Do It Without Selling Out!)

A photo from Amanda Palmer's famous Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that raised a record-breaking $1.2 M. If you love and believe in your work, you shouldn't be ashamed to promote it.

Last week I wrote about Amanda Palmer’s excellent keynote speech for the Grub Street Writers’ Muse and the Marketplace conference, where she made an impassioned plea for artists to validate themselves instead of waiting for a publisher, gallery owner, studio, or other gatekeeper’s endorsement. She also had a lot of useful things to say about […]

Inger Mewburn on Racism in Academia

A very good and honest piece from Inger Mewburn, a.k.a., The Thesis Whisperer, about waking up to racism in academia, and her own white privilege: At the time Joe and I were both looking for more permanent work in academia. It has to be said that neither of us were having much luck. I barely […]

Father’s Day Post: Betty Ming Liu on Making Peace with an Authoritarian Father

Betty Ming Liu on making peace with her deceased dad: The war is over. Even though my father was a tyrant who made me miserable, I’ve fought hard to reclaim my life and get to happiness. So after all the years of weeping and blowing my nose at the shrink’s office, letting go is possible. […]

Reader Response: Self-Compassion DOES Overcome Procrastination in a Day!

In response to my recent piece on How to Get Over Procrastination in a Day, a reader wrote: “I want to thank you for your recent blog on how you avoided writing one day and had self-compassion. When I read it, I was having a “blank mind” day, filled with personal and writerly insecurities; and […]

Excellent Beginner’s Guide to Google+

Martin Shervington’s site.

How to Get Over Procrastination in a Day

Nothing much seems to happen during the doldrums but you have to pass through them to get to the exciting places. Just stay the course and don't abandon ship!

On Tuesday I procrastinated worse than I had in months. I couldn’t even approach my desk, and spent a large part of the day in bed. Not sick: just hiding. I was unhappy about this, since I have deadlines like everyone else. And a part of me was thinking things like: “This sucks.” “I’m falling […]

Amanda Palmer on Artistic Legitimacy

Amanda Palmer speaking on artistic legitimacy and why all creators should embrace the "wild west" realities of promotion in the new world at Grub Street Writers.

Musician Amanda Palmer recently gave a keynote at Grub Street Writer’s Muse and the Marketplace Conference. She’s whip smart and really “gets” this brave new world of social media, and so we should always listen to what she has to say. Her talk at Grub was about something much more important than social media: it […]

Erasmus on Writing

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              Courtesy Grub Street Writers

A Failed Bird Rescue Attempt

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Saturday morning, I idly looked out my window and saw, as usual, my elderly neighbor Vinnie sitting on his folding chair on the sidewalk doing his sudoku. And then something extraordinary happened–a stunning, yellow cockatiel flew down and landed on the sidewalk not ten feet from him. I watched for a few moments while Vinnie […]

Welcome Time Management Ninja People!

  Happy to have you here! These articles may be of interest: How to Live your Summer Life All Year Long. What To Do if You Have a Tendency to Overgive. Betty Ming Liu Quits Her Job  How to Spend Your Weekend (Just in Time!)