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Fueling Your Mind

How External Stimulation Can Fuel Your Creative Life

Liz Michalski

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

—Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

Stop writing. I mean it. Step away from the computer, put down your pen, and do something else. The best way to write well is, well, to not. At least for a while.

I discovered this by accident when I was writing my first novel, Evenfall. I’d gotten about one-third of the way through the story when I became stuck. I put it aside, and then life happened, by which I mean that I had a daughter, and then a son, on top of a fairly busy freelance calendar and a barn full of horses to care for. The novel got pushed to the side.

And yet, I found myself thinking about ...

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