Creativity

Fallow

For a field to be fallow means that it’s already been plowed. To be plowed, means to have been prepared. So, prepared, but not seeded. Some definitions say “unseeded.” And—getting at what I like—this: …left unsown for a period, in order to restore fertility… Because of REASONS, I haven’t been writing for weeks. I did some revisions and a couple… Read more →

No Place to Hide

We needed a downstairs bathroom in our old house, so my husband Barry is building it. He worked as a carpenter when he was a young man and has kept up his skills, but because it isn’t something he does all the time, there are many learning and re-learning curves. The other day while we were taking our evening walk,… Read more →

Seeing Voices, copyright nancysmwaldman 2012

Seeing Voices

With apologies to one of my favourite writing physicians, Oliver Sacks, I titled this post, Seeing Voices, because that’s what it feels like when I’m fully engaged in writing characters I know well. So how do you come up with complex, interesting characters? Get them to talk. Engage them in conversation. Ask them questions not only about the predicament they’re… Read more →

Other-handed

Next time you write in your journal, switch the pen to your other hand and write. I know. I know. You can’t write with your other hand. Never mind. Try it anyway. Writing with our non-dominant hand can have interesting results because it confuses our brain. Part of that protest you just put up about not wanting to write with… Read more →

Leaving Leftism Behind

This is a reprint from my creativity zine, The Practically Creative Quarter…with a few changes. While in the process of writing an article about using the non-dominant hand in journaling as a way to reach the R-mind, I had an epiphany. I realized that my icon and ‘short-hand’ talk of R-mindfulness, based on Betty Edwards work regarding the use of… Read more →

Being Practically Creative

I have a close friend who has compared herself unfavorably to me in terms of creativity ever since we were girls. According to her, I’m creative and she isn’t. But I never bought it. She’s a elementary school teacher and I’ve seen the way she tackles a challenging situation in her classroom. She goes at that challenge with a buoyancy,… Read more →