Sunday, March 23, 2008

On the Air with Mark David

Whether you want to write, are just starting out or have written forever, you'll find these three radio interviews on writing, writer's block and publishing to be enlightening and inspiring:

Writers in the Sky, Part I, hosted by Yvonne Perry

Writers in the Sky, Part II, hosted by Yvonne Perry

Authors on the Air, hosted by Marlive Harris

Authors Access, hosted by Victor R. Volkman and Irene Watson

For a schedule of Mark David's upcoming interviews and other events and appearances, check out the check out the events widget in the sidebar.

For audio archives of other interviews, click here.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Muse Stream

I wrote The Voice of the Muse and The MoonQuest using the basic premise of my philosophy, what I call “writing on the Muse Stream.”

I call it the Muse Stream because I believe that when we surrender to our Muse, creativity pours through us as effortlessly as water in a free-flowing stream.

Writing on the Muse Stream means writing without stopping -- without stopping to think, edit, correct or grope for the right word. It means trusting that the words will flow from you freely, if you let them...that the next word will come as effortlessly as your next breath, if you allow it to be so.

Future posts will offer tips on how to get through those Muse Stream moments when you feel stuck. The best tip of all, though, is to keep your pen moving at all costs. It doesn't matter what you're writing, as long as you're writing!

You can always revise later. The time to write is now.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

You Can Write

Close your eyes and remember.
Remember the stories you invented...
Remember wonder and imagination...
Remember make-believe...

You can write.

If you can read these words, you can write.

You're saying "I'm not creative" or "I can't make up stories" or "I don't know how."

Well, you are, you can and you do. And you can do it without struggle.

Whoever you are, whatever your background, whatever your education, you can write -- in ways that bring meaning to your life, in ways that touch others.

The ability exists in all of us. We were born with it, with a unique voice, a unique way of seeing and describing the world, a unique palette of textures, images and hues with which to express what we feel, what we see, who we are.

As children we concocted imaginary places and playmates, soared with seagulls, raced with tigers. Close your eyes and remember. Remember the stories you invented. Remember wonder and imagination. Remember make-believe.

Watch your children, or your neighbor's children. Listen to the timeless stories they weave. We all crafted similar riches as children but, somehow, life got in the way. We grew more self-conscious. We were told not to make up stories. We feared being different. We were taught to write a certain way. We grew older, busier, more cautious. Slowly and without our being aware of it, the door to our creativity edged shut.

Now we wonder whether the key is lost for all time. It's not. That key remains within your grasp, always. It's your birthright. It's your story, your voice. And it has value.

There are many ways to unlock that door...

• Start by letting the child you were back into your life -- not to displace the adult you've become, but to enrich it.
• Start asking how and why again.
• Slow down.
• Run your hand over a tree trunk.
• Inhale the perfume of an autumn evening.
• Get up early and watch the sun rise.
• Study people. See how they walk. Hear how they talk. Make up stories about them.
• Pretend you're on vacation and start a journal, recording your impressions of people and places as though seeing them for the first time.

Try writing for 15 minutes without stopping, without thinking, without editing. You'll be amazed at how much you can write in such a short time. You'll be amazed at how good it is.

Don't censor yourself. Give yourself permission to write nonsense. Give yourself permission to begin without knowing where you're going. Writing is a voyage of discovery. Be open to the journey.

Look for books and groups that support your creativity, that let you tap into the writer you are. Find a quiet place and quiet time where you can write regularly. Find a quiet place within yourself.


The stories are there.

Photo by Mark David Gerson: San Padre Island National Seashore, Texas