6 Tips for Living a Creative Life

Note from the Editor: Writing and creativity. They just go hand-in-hand, don’t they? That’s why we’re republishing this piece from Shannon’s blog. Find the original here. (And be sure to check out her other stuff while you’re at it.) When you think of a creative person do you visualize a person with pots of paint and brushes and canvases? Maybe it’s somebody who writes daily and publishes poems, stories and books. Do you picture a photographer or a clothing designer or an architect? Those are the types of people my mind used to conjure up and for the longest time I thought I wasn’t a part of that group of … Read more…

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4th Grade & Fiction & Flying M-Inklings

When I was in 4th grade my friend Chad and I started writing books during recess. Chad was a more enthusiastic storyteller than me, so he took the lead and I helped fill in the details. I was the designer. While he wrote, read the stories to me, and asked for my input, I transferred the finished works into my much prettier handwriting, onto cut, folded, and stapled pages, with illustrations placed just so. There were thoughtfully spaced margins, covers drawn in colorful felt tip markers, title pages, and page numbers. We wrote book after amazing book together. Mysteries, adventures, more mysteries, no romance, animal stories, and of course, more … Read more…

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The Beautiful Messy Chaos

I am grateful for the beautiful, messy chaos in my life because it means I have people and things in my life that make it that way. Where would I be without my people to love and care for and worry about? Mark was a retired volunteer where I used to work. I liked Mark. We talked a lot while we stuffed and addressed envelopes for our mass mailings and while we walked to the post office to deliver them, Mark pulling flyers and stickers off of power poles and light posts as we went. We got to know each other pretty well. Well enough that he treated me to … Read more…

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A Blogger’s Toolbox

Do you read blogs and wonder if you could write your own? Of course you could! You can read plenty of advice about starting one, writing your first post, working your SEO, building your traffic, and connecting with your readers, but what does it take to really do the work? You know what they say—you need the right tools for the job–so what are they? It probably depends on who you are, but here are some tools I think you should have in your Toolbox if you’re thinking of writing a blog, or even if you already do. Time: Blogging takes time. A lot of time. Regardless of your reasons … Read more…

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Write a Personal Mission Statement

Do you live your life as if you are on a mission? My mission is defined in my personal mission statement.  I wrote it in order to articulate the way I believe I ought to live my life.  A great life isn’t going to just happen to me.  I need to be deliberate, intentional, and purposeful in how I go about it and my mission statement outlines how I can do that. There’s a long and a short version. The short mission statement reads: I will remember in all things that I do, that I want to guide my life and my decisions with these qualities that I value most: kindness, honesty, creativity, and fearlessness. … Read more…

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