Category: Creativity

In it for the long haul

In my post on being creative on demand, I mentioned the goal of getting to a place where most of your work is stuff that challenges and satisfies you. Today I want to elaborate on building a career that lets you be in it for the long haul. LeUyen Pham, the artist who I mentioned in that post, had told me for What the Most Successful People Do at Work that when her friend… read more »

My advice for a first-time book author, and not about the writing part

Dear first-time author: Congrats on your book contract! This is a major accomplishment. You’re no doubt nervous about writing a 75,000 word manuscript over the next 6-9 months, and you’ll get all kinds of advice on that. This post is about the other part. The marketing part. Between now and when your book comes out 18 months from now, you will need to learn… read more »

How to be creative on demand

“Deep in the countryside of Bordeaux, France, anyone out wandering one early-January night in 2013 might have caught a curious sight: a black-haired woman in a lit studio window, scratching out ink drawings of the Alaskan tundra…” So begins my short ebook, What the Most Successful People Do at Work, in which I profile children’s book illustra… read more »

What a lark! What a plunge!

I’ve been on a real Virginia Woolf kick this weekend. I finished Adeline on Friday night (a Norah Vincent novel that’s out in about a week; Virginia Woolf is the protagonist). I realized I’d never read The Hours, which is Michael Cunningham’s novel that spins off of Mrs. Dalloway. I started reading that on Saturday while everyone was otherwise occup… read more »

The no-meal-planning guide to meals

One of my insights from writing I Know How She Does It was that being more organized about household chores does not always save you time. A few people spent big chunks of weekends meal planning, coupon clipping (!), grocery shopping, and then cooking in advance. Others did not. Everyone still ate, but people in the latter category had lower housework hour tal… read more »