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Why Do We Love Whom or What We Love? by Rick R. Reed

Why Do We Love Whom or What We Love? by Rick R. Reed

Romantic hero number one, with stars in his eyes, asks romantic hero number two the age-old question, “Why do you love me?” And romantic hero number two, who is a wise man indeed, gives a response that at first blush may seem glib, “Why not?” This morning I am thinking about why we love what or who we love. That question, I would think, would have great resonance among readers…
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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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Ethan’s Letter to Santa

Ethan’s Letter to Santa

Dear Santa Let me begin by saying what an incredible job you do! Keeping track of whose naughty and nice…micromanaging a gaggle of elves…all that peak holiday travel time, and all while totally rocking a red felt suit? Color me impressed, Big Daddy. I have no doubt you make the heart of many a cub out there pitter-patter in anticipation…all of them waiting patiently, well-hung, by the chimney with care,…
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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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Where Ideas Come From by Jordan Castillo Price

Where Ideas Come From by Jordan Castillo Price

Jordan Castillo Price is a regular visitor to this site and every time she shows up she shares her knowledge on different topics. Today she’s talking about storytelling. Who knew that there was so much involved? I thought you could just grab ideas out of the air and massage them, but Jordan shows how complicated this writing business can turn out to be. 🙂 Here’s her newest essay: ************** Storytelling…
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