Mojo Monday: SNL’s “1920s Holiday Party”

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.


This one speaks for itself. Enjoy those holiday parties!

Mojo Monday: Alice Munro Talks Books & Writing

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.


A charming, inspiring conversation between Alice Munro and Diana Athill about books, writing, and what they’ve learned so far in life. Enjoy.

Mojo Monday: Michaela Pavlatova’s “Words, Words, Words”

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.


Writers, readers, lovers of words…you MUST watch this. It’s a short animated film by Michaela Pavlatova, an animation film director/teacher/brilliant chicky-babe from the Czech Republic.

Geesh, I love this!

Mojo Monday: A New Anthology In Honor of Our Veterans

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.


Today, in honor of the military veterans of the United States, check out this new anthology of writing by veterans: Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.

As the Southeast Missouri State University Press website explains, “The anthology is the first in an annual series published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in Cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council’s Veterans Projects and the Warriors Arts Alliance.”

Proud to Be “showcases writing from military veterans and their families from across the nation, including writing about WWI and WWII, Vietnam, the Gulf Conflict, Afghanistan, and Iraq.”

The anthology was edited by Susan Swartwout.

Now click on over there and get yourself a copy.

 

Mojo Monday: Boo!

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.


A little something to help you get your Halloween mojo on!

Boo!

 

Mojo Monday: Do the Unexpected

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.


In this clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen sends her writer, Amy, to Costco for a hidden camera prank—where she only speaks to people in song lyrics. It. Is. Hilarious. I laughed out loud for, oh, I don’t know how long. Love, love, love this!

Once you’ve watched, brilliant writers, take this into your writing day. Make your characters do something unexpected, startling, off the wall. See what happens.

Enjoy!

 

Mojo Monday: Don DeLillo’s Writerhead

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.


Yep, Don DeLillo talked about his purest writerhead in a Paris Review interview. Love this! (to read full interview, click here)

INTERVIEWER

Athletes—basketball players, football players—talk about “getting into the zone.” Is there a writer’s zone you get into?

DeLILLO

There’s a zone I aspire to. Finding it is another question. It’s a state of automatic writing, and it represents the paradox that’s at the center of a writer’s consciousness—this writer’s anyway. First you look for discipline and control. You want to exercise your will, bend the language your way, bend the world your way. You want to control the flow of impulses, images, words, faces, ideas. But there’s a higher place, a secret aspiration. You want to let go. You want to lose yourself in language, become a carrier or messenger. The best moments involve a loss of control. It’s a kind of rapture, and it can happen with words and phrases fairly often—completely surprising combinations that make a higher kind of sense, that come to you out of nowhere. But rarely for extended periods, for paragraphs and pages—I think poets must have more access to this state than novelists do. In End Zone, a number of characters play a game of touch football in a snowstorm. There’s nothing rapturous or magical about the writing. The writing is simple. But I wrote the passage, maybe five or six pages, in a state of pure momentum, without the slightest pause or deliberation.

Mojo Monday: China Talks: “2032: The Future We Want”

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.


In this film—produced as part of the UN’s “The Future We Want” campaign—”232 ordinary Chinese citizens were invited to answer the same question in front of the camera: ‘What do you want the world to be like in twenty years?'”

It’s kinda cool.

Mojo Monday: Shaun Usher Talks About “Letters of Note”

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.


Y’all know Shaun Usher (no, no, not USHER…Shaun Usher). He’s the guy who shares all the spectacular letters/telegrams/etc. via “Letters of Note.” Well, here he is talking about the treasures he’s found, his process, his journey & loads more. Enjoy!

(Also, the book Letters of Note will be out in November. You can pre-order now! And here!)

 

Shaun Usher: ‘Letters of Note’ from The Lost Lectures on Vimeo.

Mojo Monday: Richard Wright and Books

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 impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing.”
– Richard Wright, Black Boy