On Writing

Writer's Quirks & Superstitions
#1 Ushanka Hat
Like many writers, I honor my own set of quirks and superstitions when it comes to the creative process. Take the photo on your left. That oversized sherling hat, known to the Russians as a “ushanka”...
#2 Looking Up to Creativity to Tap into Memories & the Creative Mind 
I noticed this morning that whenever I am writing or daydreaming, I frequently look up as if through an unseen window above my writer’s desk to work through a problem, visualize a scene, or recall a word that escapes me. Thinking on this, I turned to Google search
#3 Learning from Visual CuesI believe whole-heartedly in this philosophy, but I've also learned that writers can benefit from ingesting theworks of playwrights, painters, dancers, magicians, actors, and even acrobats. As a writer, I often pay attention to visual cues...
On Writing...
Colby College's Feature of Creative Writing Alumni
As the 2nd draft of my middle grade novel comes to a close, I am fortunate have so many supportive friends, family members, colleagues, and readers cheering on my success. Recently, Amy Cunningham, Class of 2015 and a William D. Adams Presidential Scholar, reached out about spotlighting me on Colby College's Creative Writing website. I am thrilled with what she came up with...
Organizational Tips for Managing ADHD : Plan, Visualize, & Reward.
I never thought of my life in these terms until I was bored in a doctor’s waiting room and picked up the March 2012 edition of Health.com magazine. While reading through the brief descriptions of "Plan, Visualize, Reward," my thoughts turned to how I approach writing, deadlines, vacations, projects, and even upcoming social events...
 The Sanctuary of Focus
You may notice from previous posts that I swear by the process of immersion. In addition to reading and writing and chatting up other literati about their favorite books, I often scour the web or local periodicals such as TimeOut New York or NYMag.com for inspiring talks about literature...
Inspired by Kafka, A Trip through Prague.
I am frequently inspired by personal expression, whether it arrives in the form of art or interactions between people or with one’s present circumstances. Journals and letters often offer intimate insights into their writer’s inner world, but memoirs, even though crafted with a more linear eye, present public forums where memories and one’s own understanding of the past, present, and future are shared...

Do like Sherlock Holmes, Be Tenacious.
The above quote explains how I feel about reading, writing, and life in general. Those of us with ADHD are tenacious. Like Holmes, we harbor the need to be challenged, to be asked to solve the insoluble.When it comes to writing, I am to tackle stranger, more difficult material. Otherwise, how can I improve? ADHD fosters this practice by giving me the competative drive to overcome. I must learn, explore, and advance...
Develop your talents through new experiences
In writing, as in life, a valuable practice to continue to develop yourself and your craft. My hands constantly spider away at my keyboard, be they writing or scouring GoodReads.com for a new batch of books to order.
Creativity : Release your Subconscious Mind
When it comes to writing fiction, I find that your ego must fall away in order for your imagination to take over. On productive days, when my door shuts, sound falls away, and I’m left uninterrupted, the real world simply evaporates from memory. I like to think of this transition as what the Buddhists call “dissolving the self.” 
We are all visitors in each other’s stories As I’ve grown up (or at least older), I’ve realized this truth. Break-ups, deaths of loved ones, struggles and failures, triumphs, and adjusted ambitions lead you to grasp life’s impermanence. My first short stories weren’t without stakes, but all ended with finite dénouements. The guy got the girl (or didn’t) and that was that. That was the outcome.
Writers as Mentors: Books for Children with Differences and Learning Difficulties One of the wonderful things about writing stories for kids is that you have the ability to shape how the next generation understands our world. Similar to teachers and parents, authors act as guides who point to, question, and explore what is and what could be.



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