Mojo Monday: Edward Harran’s TedxBrisbane Talk About Imagination

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


Granted, these TEDx talks take a time commitment, but this one in which Ed Harran talks about his “creative, spiritual labor”? Worth it.

Mojo Monday: Dr. Seuss and a Letter Called “Yuzz”

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


“My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around!”~Dr. Seuss

Happy (belated) Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

(And to all you writers reading this, go beyond “Z” today. Start poking around.)

 

Mojo Monday: Don’t Be Afraid to Go Against Your Nature

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


Meet Rabbit.

Meet Rabbit who believes she is a sheepdog.

Meet Rabbit who commands these sheep with a deft ear.

Meet Rabbit who defies her nature and excels.

Meet Rabbit. Sheepdog of all sheepdogs.

Watch.

Fear not!

Go forth!

Defy thy nature!

Herd them sheep!

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Writerhead Wednesday: Salinger on Writerhead

Welcome to Writerhead Wednesday, a weekly feature in which a brilliant, charming, remarkable author talks about her/his writerhead…a precious opportunity for looky-loos around the world to sneak into the creative noggins of talented writers and (ever so gently) muck about.


From an article at Salon.com: “For a time, Salinger seriously considered abandoning writing altogether and devoting his life to Eastern religion, a choice that would likely have involved joining a monastic order. Salinger reconsidered. He found ‘the chase’ of pinning down a good story more enticing than a lifetime of meditation.”

Haven’t most of us writers been there? Seriously considering abandoning writing altogether and devoting our lives to…to…something…anything…anything other than writing?

Dentistry?

Parenthood?

Gardening?

A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G that doesn’t involve a blank page?

But like Mr. Salinger, we persevere. We, too, love the chase of pinning down a good story.

Nothing like it.

Now stop hemming and hawing around here and get thee to writerhead!

 

Mojo Monday: Inspiration, Intuition & Imagination

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


The 3 I’s: inspiration, intuition, and imagination.

Without them, nothing (good) gets written. Not a short story. Not an essay. Not an acceptance speech. Not a novel. Not a poem or a grocery list or a song.

Not a gosh darn thing.

Even the venerable Albert Einstein agreed: “I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

Amen.

 

Mojo Monday: Happy Hanukkah

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


On December 3, 1994, Adam Sandler performed “The Chanukah Song” on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” for the first time ever. It’s since become a classic.

Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating this year!
 

 
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Mojo Monday: Ann Patchett’s Spontaneous Speech

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett recently opened Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee. Like most writers, Patchett is wildly passionate about books, bookstores, words, sentences, readers, writers, etc. Check out her spontaneous speech on opening night and get inspired:


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Mojo Monday: Joan of Arc Said…

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


 I am not afraid…

I was born to do this.

~ Joan of Arc

 

 

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Writerhead Wednesday: The “Tell Me About Your Writerhead” Giveaway

Welcome to Writerhead Wednesday, a weekly feature in which a brilliant, charming, remarkable author answers three questions about her/his writerhead…a precious opportunity for looky-loos around the world to sneak into the creative noggins of talented writers and (ever so gently) muck about.


This week, Writerhead Wednesday is all about you.

Yes, you!

Yes, yes, you, the writer in the red shirt.

You, the writer in the tweed jacket.

And yep, you, too, sleepy writer still tromping around in your pajamas.

All about you and YOUR writerhead.

Here’s the scoop:

This week, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card…with the hope, intention, and understanding that the lucky winner will use it to buy necessary writer-related stuff—books, pens, paper, a shiny new stapler, one-third (one-fourth?) of a much-needed therapy session, a thumb drive, business cards, a couple of double-shot lattes, a few hours of babysitting time, a bottle of Jack, etc.

And all you have to do to win is share a little something about YOUR writerhead. Tell us what writerhead is like for you.

If you need a bit of inspiration, check out these recent writerhead interviews with authors Eric Olsen, Alma Katsu, and Diana Abu-Jaber.

Easy peasy.

If you’re new to this site (welcome!) or need a refresher course on what exactly writerhead is, keep reading:

Writerhead is “a (usually) temporary state of dreamy concentration and fluctuating consciousness during which a writer is most creative, productive, and artistic.”

You know…the purest moments of creation. Those beautiful (sometimes excruciating) sh, sh, sh, ssssssshhhhhh, I’ve got to get this down moments when words are bubbling, popping, zinging, and swinging. The ones when the “real” world disappears behind a gauzy cloud (insert sucking sound here…) and the imaginative world takes on firmer lines and brighter hues.

Some writers call it “the flow” or “the zone.” Some call it “hell.” Others refer to it as “writerland.” I’ve always called it writerhead.

(“Sshshh,” I growl at my husband if he tries to talk to me in the morning before I hunker down to write. “I’m in writerhead!”)

For example, perhaps your writerhead is something like this (lucky you!):

Or maybe, on a tough day, more like this. (Don’t worry…we’ve all been there.):

So get moving…post your description of your writerhead in the comment section below. You’ve got until midnight on November 22 to do so.

Good luck! Can’t wait to read about your writerhead!

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GIVEAWAY RULES & REGS:

*To enter the giveaway contest, please leave a comment about your writerhead.

**Comments must be posted before the clock strikes midnight on November 22, 2011. (That’s Eastern Standard Time U.S.)

***This contest is open internationally.

****A winner will be drawn on Wednesday, November 23. Be sure to check back to see who wins.

*****The winner will be drawn randomly by the highly scientific method of my 3yo pulling a name out of a hat (or some other convenient container).

******Though I welcome all charming comments, only one comment per person will be counted in the contest.

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Mojo Monday: Right Brain Left Brain

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


That old right brain/left brain story?

Out the window.

Here’s renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist talking about our divided brain. Cool, cool stuff. (There’s a great Berlusconi joke around minute #10…)

 

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