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erating tasks tire us out, family commitments require so much of us that all the good intentions to write get dashed and our creativity capsizes. Don’t let your creative goals drown or disappear in the insanity of life this year. Revisit your anchors. Why did you want to create in the first place? How will the world be better because of what you offer it this year creatively?

“You have something to write. A poem, a novel, a short story. You have an inventive idea that can transform lives and if you don’t do it, who will?” I’m not talking about how you get that idea to the world or land the literary agent or even how you publish the story. I’m talking about the joyful and mundane and infuriatingly important act of creation. Why are you doing it?

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This “why” is your anchor. There is a reason and that’s something you need to keep in mind. The vision I return to when I feel lost in what I’m doing, have moments of discouragement, or need to evaluate if I should pursue an opportunity is this phrase that I can mutter under my breath like a mantra: I tell stories that affirm the value of life and capture the imagination of the heart. Feeling tossed by the seas? Here are three suggestions for how to remain connected to the purpose of why you create: 1. Write down the reason why you are compelled to create It may be in a journal. It may be on a sticky note that you affix to your mirror so that every time you put on your makeup in the morning or shave, you’re reminded of it. Perhaps that much contact with said ‘reason’ is overwhelming, so you need to tuck it away in a place where you know you’ll stumble upon it again in six months (the inside jacket pocket of your winter coat if you’re in Canada and have regular winters) or a Google reminder set to notify you ev74

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Your Secret Library - Spring Issue  

Welcome to our new spring issue! Check out our short stories, interviews with authors, special offers, and free books! If you want to be inc...

Your Secret Library - Spring Issue  

Welcome to our new spring issue! Check out our short stories, interviews with authors, special offers, and free books! If you want to be inc...