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Make the First Move

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I recently read a great article on Medium by Srinivas Rao (the article first appeared in 2017, but I only recently came upon it). Rao discusses the importance of how we start our day and makes a distinction between “junk food for the mind” and “health food for…

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The Creative Process: A Summation

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I've been writing for this site for a bit over two-and-a-half years. Recently, the thought came to me that a summing up of where we've been might be in order. This is my current (most recent) take on the creative process. Like most things in life, this is…

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Insightful Examples of Inciting Incidents

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I've been thinking a lot lately about inciting incidents and the different ways they can be used in fiction. An inciting incident generally launches the primary conflict or action in a story. Joseph Campbell referred to the inciting incident as a call to action. Sometimes our characters seek…

Selection from one page of Mary Beard's book The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found

You Must Read

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. Currently I'm reading The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by scholar and classicist Mary Beard. Pompeii is briefly referenced in my current writing-project-in-progress, so I'm reading about the city primarily for research. Fundamentally, however, I'm reading a well-researched book by a respected historian about life in…

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Concentrate Your Fire

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I've been reading Dr. Maxwell Maltz's 1960 book Psycho-Cybernetics. While the book occasionally strays into the neighborhood I call "crackpottery," there is a lot of useful information. I'm not a fan of the term "self-help," but it's the term that's commonly accepted, so we'll go with that. If…