Amy Isaman's Blog

Here you'll find posts on living life as a writer and creative. For posts addressing the nuts and bolts of story structure and writing, check out the Writing Resources posts.

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Facing Fear Head On & Blasting Through
This happy 4th of July, when we left for a visit to see our son and some dear ...
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#truth – You will never complete your to-do list
This whole idea about NEVER totally finishing my to-do list was an epiphany I had this past week. ...
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Create Your “Ta-Da” list
Let me start this post by saying that a TA DA list is NOT a to-do list. This ...
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Are you brave enough to be a beginner?
Starting something new can be terrifying, especially for those of us with, um, some perfectionist tendencies. It's scary ...
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Banish the Guilt of “Guilty Pleasures”
I was listening to one of my fav podcasts this week and the host talked about joyfully indulging ...
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22 Ideas for going on a Date…with Yourself
Have you ever taken yourself on a date, to enjoy your own company, unwind, and do something JUST ...
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How do you like to have fun?
Do you even know what you like to do for fun anymore? This has been an interesting question/thought ...
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10 Lessons on Having More Fun from 40 Days of Play
Focusing on playing and having more fun for the past 40 days has been eye-opening. I've had fun ...
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How to use Play & Joy to Stop People Pleasing
This is a BIG one for me and it's a habit I have that has become SO incredibly ...
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Playing Everyday, for 40 Days
Last year on my 48th birthday, I went for a run, came home, said F-it and published my ...
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Oh, how I love the 21st century
First, an update. In my last blog post, I committed to writing everyday for 40 days. Why I ...
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Writing Again because…I am a Writer
Oh, I've been missing you, blog. I started this blog in March of 2011, and I still vividly ...
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Musings on an Empty Nester Mother’s Day
Ah, it’s Mother’s Day. This was always the day that I could count on a full-day of help ...
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Should You Listen to Music While Writing?
This past spring, I went to two education conferences where speakers discussed the neuroscience of learning, and they ...
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Trusting the Next Step
This morning, I woke up way too early and couldn’t go back to sleep. Insomnia isn’t a frequent ...
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Six Strategies to Get Past Your Worry and Fear of Criticism
Every now and again on this blog, I feel pulled to venture into inspirational waters (perhaps even philosophical) ...
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Does your mindset keep you from following your heart?
The book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is a fascinating look at how our mindset, or how ...
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Bye Bye 2015
Woah, 2015 has been quite a year of change and transformation. Pretty much ready for it to end ...
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