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Jordan Castillo Price

Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. She writes paranormal, horror and thriller novels from her isolated and occasionally creepy home in rural Wisconsin.

Bigger Is Better: Notion Potion #12 by Jordan Castillo Price

Bigger Is Better: Notion Potion #12 by Jordan Castillo Price

Hello, my fellow creatives! I have one more notion for you on attacking those creative problems and figuring out a way to keep moving forward on all your creative projects. Last month in Sleep On It, I suggested giving your subconscious mind an assignment at bedtime. This month, we’ll change things up by using a tactic that seems too simple to work…and yet, weirdly enough, it often does. The method?…
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Sleep On It: Notion Potion #11 by Jordan Castillo Price

Sleep On It: Notion Potion #11 by Jordan Castillo Price

Last month we talked about saving our shavings in Need a Trim? This month, we’ll talk about incubating our ideas overnight. Sometimes in a creative project, the next step can be daunting. Either something doesn’t feel right about the next action we’d planned to take, or we’re faced with a series of options, none of which seem good. Being stuck is no fun. There is an alternative to forcing your…
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Need a Trim? Notion Potion #10 by Jordan Castillo Price

Need a Trim? Notion Potion #10 by Jordan Castillo Price

Last month we talked about gathering up as many ideas as we could with relentless capture. This month, the focus swings to discarding things that aren’t working by creating a special place to save the pieces you trim away. What a Waste “Don’t throw that food away. What about the starving kids in China?” Maybe you’re not old enough to have heard this while you were growing up. Even so,…
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Probing the Problem: Notion Potion #8 by Jordan Castillo Price

Probing the Problem: Notion Potion #8 by Jordan Castillo Price

Welcome back to Notion Potion, your monthly shot of inspiration! Last month we looked at ways over, around and through the creative wall. This month, let’s look at ways your projects can actually turn out better, or at least more interesting, because of their snags. Have you ever been in the middle of a recipe, and then realized you were out of a crucial ingredient? Yes, you could go out…
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Dodging the Wall: Notion Potion #7 by Jordan Castillo Price

Dodging the Wall: Notion Potion #7 by Jordan Castillo Price

It’s time again for Notion Potion, a stiff shot of inspiration to get you charged up and ready to roll on all your various creative projects! Last month we talked about habits and routines that make room for the creative mind to wander and find new discoveries. But what about those times when the sameness is not so much a comforting routine…but a weird rut? When you’re at a stuck…
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Kicking the Habit: Notion Potion #6 by Jordan Castillo Price

Kicking the Habit: Notion Potion #6 by Jordan Castillo Price

It’s time to quench your creativity thirst with another good swig of Notion Potion and get those creative juices flowing. This month, let’s explore the pros and cons of habits! Yea or Nay? Many creativity blogs and lists encourage us to make small changes. Try a new food. Shop at a different store. Leave your house via the back door rather than the front. By doing something small and out…
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Shopping for Ideas: Notion Potion #5 by Jordan Castillo Price

Shopping for Ideas: Notion Potion #5 by Jordan Castillo Price

It’s time again for another sip of creativity juice from Notion Potion, a refreshing elixir for all sorts of creative types. Last month we talked about the stymieing effect of excessive perfectionism. This month, let’s have some fun while we go shopping for ideas! SHOPPING FOR IDEAS Writers often claim it frustrates them when fans inquire where they get their ideas. I’ve never had an issue with this question, probably…
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Perfection Paralysis: Notion Potion #4 by Jordan Castillo Price

Perfection Paralysis: Notion Potion #4 by Jordan Castillo Price

It’s time to rev our creativity engines and fuel them up for our next big project. It could be writing—lots of writers here—or it could be visual art, music, cooking, digital projects or anything else that puts you in that satisfying creative zone. If you’re running dry, here’s a little something to top off your tank—Notion Potion, where this month we’ll tackle the insidious issue of perfectionism!
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Hamburger vs. Steak: Notion Potion #3 by Jordan Castillo Price

Hamburger vs. Steak: Notion Potion #3 by Jordan Castillo Price

Hello from Jordan Castillo Price! It’s that time again—time for another sip of Notion Potion. Hopefully you’ve dissuaded your inner creativity-bully (like we talked about last month in Don’t Make Yourself Hurl) and you’re ready to ramp up your creative endeavors. To take your projects to a higher level, consider shifting your focus to quality. Imagine the following scenario: you sit down to a dinner that’s been lovingly prepared for…
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Don’t Make Yourself Hurl: Notion Potion #2 by Jordan Castillo Price

Don’t Make Yourself Hurl: Notion Potion #2 by Jordan Castillo Price

Welcome back to Notion Potion! I hope you were inspired by last month’s post about the way tiny steps toward a project can really add up. This month we’ll take a look at a creativity-bully that’s nearly impossible to shake: ourselves. Prepare to be Punished Watching reality shows is one of my not-so-guilty pleasures. I love listening to people’s more-or-less unscripted dialog, and I’m always intrigued by the way a…
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One Sip at a Time: Notion Potion #1 by Jordan Castillo Price

One Sip at a Time: Notion Potion #1 by Jordan Castillo Price

Welcome, old friends and new, to Notion Potion, which Wave has so generously offered to host! What’s it all about? Everyone who visits this blog is interested in a creative endeavor: writing, blogging, reviewing, and crafting—even reading, in which we “create” stories in our mind’s eyes based on some squiggles we’re decoding from a page. Many of us yearn to embrace the natural creativity that we could experience in our…
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