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A man with tape stuck all over his face.

Stuck? Try This

A few weeks ago, while working on my novel, I got stuck. I’d come up with a story-within-my-story to explain my shapeshifters’ origins. It was interesting and clever, but it explained nothing.  Also, the chronology was f$%^ed. My struggles left me wondering if I was a fraud and full of shit. Aren’t I supposed to be an expert on creative blocks? How could I be having one? Why it’s OK to be stuck Because Creative Unblocking isn’t about never running into obstacles; it’s about knowing how to get around them. You don’t master it once and forever, either. It’s a practise, like yoga. That’s why I sometimes find it useful to re-read my own book. We all have wise and unwise parts of ourselves. My wisest self wrote Creative Unblocking. My unwise self authors my doubts. In her novel Medicine Song, my sister Celeste Lovick calls her heroine’s wisest self her “Inner Peace Chief”. An easy trick One way I’ve found to access mine is to write down a question before I go to bed and trust I’ll …

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.