Author: Amanda Truscott

A long bookshelf stacked high.

3 Keys to Creative Longevity: Holly Lisle

Novelist Holly Lisle is no stranger to creative setbacks.

The worst came after she discovered her ex-husband was a child molester and she went on medication to deal with the resulting depression. “Prozac completely killed my ability to write,” she remembers. The publishing industry wasn’t particularly kind, either. Photo by Alextype, Adobe Stock.

Sparkles falling to the ground to illustrate the aftermath of the creative process.

The Aftermath

The following is an excerpt from my book, Creative Unblocking: Bypass Self-Doubt, Tap Your Genius, and Complete Your Best Work, released on August 1st, 2017. It pretty well sums up where I am at the moment.

Creating our best work often requires a lot of energy, and, as satisfying as it is, it can leave us feeling depleted and raw. Photo by tomertu, Adobe Stock.

I Faced My Fears for 7 Days Straight. Here’s What Happened

On a bright day in late June, I sat in a vacant classroom at the school my mom founded and wondered why I was feeling stagnant. ¬†I was working smart, so why was my momentum flagging?¬†Surrounded by the bold drawings of children, I stared at my laptop and saw task after task I’d rescheduled repeatedly. They all had one thing in common: they scared me. Photo: Death to Stock.