What Does Effective Persistence Look Like?

There’s lots of advice out there to persist, to keep trying, that no one gets anywhere without working regularly. Take … More What Does Effective Persistence Look Like?

What Held Tolkien Back: Perfectionism or Paper?

I recently came across an interesting diagram that shows various statistics about thirty famous books, including how long it took … More What Held Tolkien Back: Perfectionism or Paper?

4 Creative Truths Tolkien Understood

Writers, dancers, painters, and musicians all have something to teach us about how create. That’s why I read my way … More 4 Creative Truths Tolkien Understood

Waiting for Inspiration: A Bad Idea

We want our creative work to be fast and easy. Inspiration is the word we use for the magical shortcut. But is it worth the wait?