the myth of the tortured artist.


I recently read an interview with Eleanor Catton in which she bursts the “creative genius” bubble… I figure she’s right; it’s about time to rid ourselves of unrealistic models and expectations about creating art.

She argues that we must “move past the glamour of the non-functioning creative genius;” in fact, she finds the idea of the unsupported genius “deeply distasteful.”

She writes:

“[this model] disrespects all the people, accidents, opportunities and coincidences that conspire, along the way, to help create and launch an artistic sensibility. [. . .] We need a new model: one that doesn’t depend on outmoded gender norms, destructive values, and the profoundly ugly idea that to be indebted is to be demeaned. [. . .] Kindness is a core value for any artist, but most especially for a fiction writer: a self-centered person can’t see the world from another person’s point of view.”


Thank you, Eleanor, for your wise words and encouragement.





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Let’s Write!

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Weekend Edition – Writers, Better with Age plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

Couldn’t agree more. Thank you for this!

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Writers, Like Fine Wines, Get Better with Age

reading glassesAbout a week ago, I picked up my first pair of reading glasses. I like being able to see more clearly, but cautious overcompensation to avoid a collision between the lenses of my glasses and the rim of my tea mug has resulted in tea dribbling down my front on more than one occasion. There is also the fact that the bridge of my nose is a bit crooked (or, maybe it’s that one of my ears is lower than the other), so the glasses sit askew, giving me a slightly crazed and disarrayed look. Not exactly what I was going for.

Though a small part of me laments the fact that my eyes will now likely become dependent on glasses, a larger part of me accepts this development as the mostly benign rite of passage that it is, and also something of a…

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aesthetic inspiration.



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weekend’s wise words.


broken beauty
the potter shapes us, makes us, bends us,
separated from the wheel we harden,
then the potter breaks us.
insides spilling out from broken vessels
sharp pieces, shards of clay laying on the ground
over time smooth and soothe.
vessels …
wine skins … old and new
wine skins … vessels of life.
is the wine finer in the old skins?
Our skin holds the wine of life, blood
to sustain, circulate, cleanse
we breathe in new life
exhale the stale
cells bounce around our bodies
new young cells offer innovation, change, exploration, intrigue
travel on well worn, comfortable, safe, predictable older paths.
babies and grannies
there is a time to celebrate life and love, to seize the day.
there is a time for soulful reflection,
to think about death, dying and legacies.
find harmony,
listen for it,
old and young
merging notes
melody and minor chords creating beauty
the quieter i become
the clearer i hear
the more i hear

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the left-right dichotomy.


We all know there are two sides to every story… and to every brain.  But do we use both of them?  What does that have to do with being ambidextrous?  Does any of this affect our creativity or brain function?

These articles suggest that it might be worth finding out:

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new documentary invites you to join the movement.


Read about it here:

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