What If I Mess Up?

The blank pages are there for when, not if, we make a mistake. It was early in the morning. So early, in fact, that the sun was still not up. My wife, daughter, and I were wide awake, even if a bit dazed, in a new timezone, after a long day of traveling and a…

Words Have the Power to Change Us

We are not untouched by the things we speak. The words we choose have power. They have the power to change minds. Too often, however, we focus on using our words to change others’ minds, not realizing that the words we choose also change the way that we think, the way we view the world,…

A Dream in Writing is a Plan

If we put our dreams on paper, they are no longer dreams, they are plans. There is a lot of power in putting pen to paper. The physical act of placing an idea outside of ourselves, in the open, where we can see it, where anyone can see it, transforms that idea and it transforms…

Taking Giant Steps

“I was shooting for something different. Like, some of my influence was John Coltrane — I played the sax, as well. So listening to him play and the different rhythms that he had: I was trying to write my rhymes as if I was a saxophone player.” —Rakim If you only look at other people…

Creative Routines to be Routinely Creative

It is difficult to have a routine without a routine. It may seem counterintuitive to say that creativity is driven by routine. After all, when we imagine our favorite artists, musicians, and writers doing their greatest work, we imagine spontaneity, inspiration, and freedom. Routines sound like work. They sound boring. Creativity is alive and fluid,…