Posts about lifting creative blocks and fighting fear

How to Get Your Novel Unstuck

Today’s valuable writing lesson is brought to you by M.C. Tuggle of Charlotte, North Carolina. M.C. is a native North Carolinian whose ancestors arrived in the South in 1647. He majored in history and English, and completed his M.A. in English at Wake Forest University. M.C’s fantasy, science fiction, and literary stories have been featured in [...]

By | February 9th, 2015|Creativity|0 Comments

3 Steps for Taming the Inner Critic

Everything was fine until you showed up. That’s how you begin a story. Your story. Anyone’s story. The story of your life’s trials and tribulations which has brought you here today. Your story can be a wonderful motivator, but it can also hold you back and shackle your dreams. That’s how I rewrote my Inner [...]

By | February 2nd, 2015|Creativity|1 Comment

4 Tips for a Writing Mom to Stay Sane

How are you doing at balancing work and family? As an entrepreneur, mom, and wife some weeks are manageable and some are particularly stressful. Here are some of my tips to keep your life in balance without facing burnout.         How far is the gig? I look at the distance from my [...]

By | January 13th, 2015|Creativity|5 Comments

Year End Wrap Up 2014

Alice's Poet license plate How did 2014 measure up for you? At the end of 2014 I made good on all almost of my promises: to get my book of poetry done, improve on my violin/guitar/Irish dance, get more of my new poetry published, win at Table Topics in Toastmasters, host a three [...]

By | December 29th, 2014|Creativity|4 Comments

4 Tips for New Authors from Eleanora E. Tate

Hello readers, I’m thrilled to publish this interview with North Carolina treasure, author Eleanora E. Tate, featuring her charming collection of short stories, Don’t Split the Pole. In this space Eleanora shares her wisdom on writing a book and her “Tate Tips”—invaluable advice if you’re an aspiring author. Eleanora’s full bio and book blurb follow [...]

By | December 22nd, 2014|Creativity|3 Comments

What Would Boba Fett Do (WWBFD)?

By Anton van Dort Who is your muse? To know me is to know I love Boba Fett, the most notorious bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy. I write Boba Fett poetry, some of which is published, and I aspire to create a Boba Fett costume just in time for the new [...]

By | December 8th, 2014|Creativity|6 Comments

5 Ways to Keep On Truckin’ After Rejection

Today author Rachel Weaver (Point of Direction) joins us at Write from the Inside Out to share her tips on writer rejection. Rachel is an author, editor and educator who lives in the Denver area.  As writers, we all get rejected and it’s definitely part of the job. As a result of her talent and [...]

By | November 24th, 2014|Creativity|4 Comments

NaNoWriMo is Coming

Big Hug Mug, made famous by True Detective's Rust Cohle (it was his ashtray) It’s time to get yourself rested up for the full contact sport of NaNoWriMo, starting November 1st. National Novel Writing Month (called NaNoWriMo for short) is where 200,000 writers around the world hash out a 50,000 word novel from [...]

By | October 21st, 2014|Creativity|0 Comments

Everything Was Fine Until You Showed Up

Alice is channeling her ancestor,colonialist John Barnwell “Everything was fine until you showed up,” says UNC-Wilmington creative writing professor Philip Gerard when talking about how to start your memoir.   Who is this “you”? It could be a death or a birth, but most times it is a death. And the death doesn’t [...]

By | October 14th, 2014|Creativity|2 Comments

Saying No and Letting Go

Saying no is a powerful choice and the more you practice it, the better you’ll be at aligning yourself with your goals and purpose. But it ain’t easy, especially for someone like me who grew up in a dysfunctional family and became a people pleaser. I had to let go of fear. I used to [...]

By | September 9th, 2014|Creativity|4 Comments