L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Kelly Konya We all do little things to boost the way we feel and think throughout the day. Something as simple as taking a walk or eating a piece of chocolate can brighten your mood almost instantly, thanks to certain chemical reactions that occur in the brain. But these momentary pleasures are just that: momentary. …

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Anthony Moore 1. Other People’s Definition of Success In the words of Srinivas Rao, host of The Unmistakable Creative podcast: “At some point, I realized that I had to give up other people’s definition of success. This is one of the most difficult things to give up because it is so deeply embedded in our …

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Stop feeling guilty. Start being useful. By Sigal Samuel We’re all struggling, to some degree, to adjust to life during the novel coronavirus pandemic. But some are struggling far more than others. People who have contracted Covid-19, who have lost loved ones to the disease, who are working on the front lines to keep others …

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“The ability to forgive oneself … is the key to making art, and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life.” Maria Popova “All makers must leave room for the acts of the spirit,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her lucid and luminous essay on where ideas come from and …

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by Clayton Noblit Being an author is hard. There’s no way around it. Some days, the prose will spring onto the page almost without effort. On others, it will be an exercise in stagnation and frustration as you stare at a blank screen in a fit of writer’s doubt. Oh, and the actual writing often …

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by Lisa Cooper Ellison Quarantine day one. I sit at my desk and hold my pen. Nothing happens. Quarantine day two. I stare at my computer screen and wonder what the hell is wrong. I mean, I wrote through Lyme disease, even on the days when my brain barely worked. Quarantine day three. I scribble …

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By Valerie C. Woods As someone who writes for a living, I have to say the funniest meme I’ve seen during this shelter-in-place era has included the line: “When you find out your normal daily lifestyle is called ‘quarantine.’” Sheltering in place is what I do, especially when I’m working on a script. Not that I’m …

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BY L.A. Kennedy It is a common joke, or at least one I’ve heard may times, writers can lock themselves away for days on end. I, for one, can do this for great stretches, without feeling the pressing of the walls. Lately, however, it is feeling rather claustrophobic, like I haven’t seen another human in …

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