Aim for truth, whether it's fiction, a memoir or visual art, in compelling work, there's always something emotionally true. Excavating cultural biases and digging under what seems obviously true, these are my superpowers. After writing a passage I may reread and ask: Is that as true as I can make it? How does that serve the story, the point, the protagonist?
Write from the body: I write to discover what I think, to pen new forms that reflect how living in this time feels in my body. Braided essay anyone? How about a helix?
Creatively meditate. So creatives use all sorts of hacks to call in the muse or simply get into a focused creative mood. Me, I sit. As in meditate. I play in the liminal, in-between states of consciousness using ancient yogic meditations to not only chill out the noise, but to access deeper creative states.
Live smaller to create bigger. I zen-ified my scene with a minuscule mortgage, a well-paying part time day job and a tiny purple writing shed! My burden is light so I have the freedom to create.
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