All posts tagged: Creative Process

3 Ways to Work Around Your Ego

I’ve lost a lot of writing contests lately. Well, I didn’t lose them, exactly, but I definitely didn’t win anything. I’ve gotten a lot of plain old standard-issue rejection letters, too. It’s been a great opportunity to reflect on how my ego slithers into my creative work. Ultimately, the ego causes all my creative blocks, and probably yours too. It’s what tells me I’m a worthless human if people don’t like my writing, which is the thought underlying every other thought that stops me, thoughts like, But I can’t write until I’ve checked my email. It’s what tells me to write what’ll make me look good instead of what’s true. It’s what stops me from sharing what I’ve written. It pulls my attention to the reception of my work, and away from my real reasons for creating: to touch people, to make them laugh, to show them they’re not alone, to take them for awhile off their mental hamster wheels (we’ve all got them), and to give what I can. Still, I’ve made stuff and shared it. Luckily, we don’t have to lose …

Amanda Truscott hiking in the mountains near Delvinë, Albania.

Why I Should Take My Own Advice

To the extent I’ve implemented what I’ve learned, I’ve felt almost as if I’ve tapped into an enormous electrical current, and all I have to do is touch it to find ideas zapping through my fingertips.

I’ve felt excited, alive and passionate. I’ve filled literally hundreds of pages in multiple notebooks. To the extent that I haven’t implemented what I’ve learned, I’ve basically gone off the deep end.