Category: Creativity

The art of the mini-retreat

I wrote a post for Fast Company recently on how to create a mini retreat. I realized it had been a while since I’d done one in my own life. The idea is to go somewhere interesting and either work on a project or think. About 18 months ago I went to Jim Thorpe to finish a draft of The Cortlandt Boys. When I needed to finish I Know How She Does It last year, my husband took t… read more »

How to make time to think

I am writing this while getting my car serviced. Pennsylvania requires an emissions inspection yearly, and my sticker expires at the end of June. June seems to be a particularly busy time of year for me, so I am always trying to cram the inspection in somewhere. And yet as I find myself in this same waiting room every year around this time, listening to stupid gam… read more »

My 2015 List of 100 Dreams

In 168 Hours, I recommended creating something called a “List of 100 Dreams.” This exercise, which was shared with me by career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine, is a completely unedited list of anything you might want to do or have more of in life. It’s like a bucket list, but most people don’t get all the way to 100 when creating a bucket list. The point is… read more »

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 »