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Monday Morning Storytime – The Forest Witch finds Love

The forest witch wearily stuck her shovel back into the unforgiving soil, levering up another dry mound. Would anything ever grow here? She lifted the shovel, and paused, thinking she had heard something. None of the town’s folk ever came up this way. Once, she had lived on the outskirts of the town, and helped the town’s people with their medicinal needs. But a travelling reverend had convinced them that she was ungodly, and she had been chased from her home. They had killed and strung up her dear cat and friend, Cotton, claiming she was the witch’s familiar and her […]

9 Ways to Beat Creative Block

9 Ways to Beat Creative Block Most creative people I know – in fact, all the creatives I know personally- struggle with creative block now and again. It is very common and very normal. It’s a bitch to deal with, and it can make you feel demotivated and pretty bleak, and maybe like you are not that great an artist, since you can’t even think of what to create – see my blog post on 5 Ways to Conquer Creative Self Doubt if this is the case – and it’s a frustrating battle. There are a number of factors that could be causing […]

Creative Self-Doubt and 5 Ways to Conquer It

5 Ways to Conquer Creative Self-Doubt   I have noticed a common thread with the artistic, or creative, people in my life; myself included. It’s creative self-doubt. Crippling, painful, ever present self-doubt. It’s there when you wake up in the morning, and it’s there when you lay your head down at night. It’s especially prominent when you are about to embark on a new project. Hell, even the creative greats, our heroes, lamented the extent of it.   “I don’t believe anyone ever suspects how completely unsure I am of my work and myself and what tortures of self-doubting the […]