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My New Artistic Secret, or, Why I Am No Longer a Zombie — 23 Comments

  1. Sign me up!! Or, I guess I could sign myself up… But I’m doing this. Fantastic. Wonderful, thank you for this inspiration! And seriously, you’re one of the most consistently creative, witty, and imaginative people I know. Love reading along 🙂

    • OMG, Hailey, you’d totally love it! I forgot to include this tip – don’t read it all in one sitting (though you’ll be tempted). I’m reading it week by week, so the weekly tasks are fresh and I don’t have to go back and re-read. It’s AH-mazing.

  2. Yay for art!! I’m so glad you found something that’s clearing your brain of spreadsheets so that your creativity can shine through. I don’t so much consider myself an artist, but you’ve got me interested in The Artist’s Way; I’m going to have to check it out.

  3. Wow! I wondered where your fantastic posts were coming from. Very cool. Seems a lot of us are feeling like we’re in a creative funk. I just wrote a post about it, too. :-/

  4. I started the Artist’s Way a few years ago, but didn’t get past the first few weeks. Writing three pages every morning went on for a while, but it feels like an awful lot sometimes! So yeah. Creative zombie.

    Congratulations on your progress! It’s nice to hear success stories. 🙂

    • I’m sure it’s not for everyone – I may carry around more mental junk just from the depression/alcoholism/general neuroses, so my head is a messy place for which journaling can alleviate much of the strain. I just got so tired of being in a funk all the time…
      And for a creative zombie, you do a pretty good job of making me laugh on your blog. 🙂

  5. I personally have enjoyed your creative awakening. I wondered how your fantastic prose would translate to the fiction world, and well, it stayed fantastic while also adding conflict and character development and all the stuff that makes for good stories.

    Someday, when I’m teaching one of your works in my classroom, I can say, “I knew Natalie when she was just nutty blogger…”

    As for audience. I get some views via triberr, where you join a tribe of likeminded bloggers and we all agree to retweet each other’s new blogs. Yes…this means sometimes you bombard your followers with a huge amount of links to articles you wouldn’t necessarily read yourself, but scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours…”

    The last thing about viewers is encouraging them to hit the social media scores. Every once in a while I write a guilt-trip/informative essay about how the internet works, to make my readers more responsive. Most people don’t know how SEO works, and don’t realize that hitting “like” or G+ or tweet, as well as just reading, tells GOOGLE it is an important work to the internet. While random google traffic rarely interacts, I sometimes do make a relationship with someone who just stumbled onto my site, I don’t get those views without Google ranking my material as Socially viable. YOUR work is socially viable, it should be read by a large audience (at least you get a ton of comments, though).

    • Thank you. 🙂 A girl can dream…My husband keeps quoting Hemingway to me, so that means he must see that kind of future for me, lol. Let’s just hope without the PTSD and destructive alcoholism…

      Ooo, thanks for the tips! That has been the great thing about blogging, getting to learn so much from people. It’s been a process (a slow one. At least in Internet time). You know how blogging is…ebbs and flows in readership, people come and go. It’s hard not to take it personally, even thought that’s blogging 101. There’s always someone more popular than you…

      Hmm. life lesson for the day, perhaps?

  6. Yes, I’ve wondered what sort of magic you’d happened upon to produce so much work in such a short span…and great work, at that. I must check out this Artist’s Way now. I’m so glad you’ve found this guide, it sounds like it’s just what you needed.

    I like Chris’ idea about the likeminded tribe of bloggers….can I be in yours??

    Thanks for the inspiration. Maybe I’ll write today!

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