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Are you juggling too much?


How does your creativity show up?


Have you ever been accused (by self or others) of having too many interests or ideas?


Does it seem crazy to be entertaining one more thing with everything you already have on your plate?


How do you manage it all without feeling overwhelmed by all those creative ideas and plans?


Recently I received an email message from an artist I follow, Nicholas Wilton, that totally resonated with me and he has given me permission to share the essence of his post with you!


Nicholas says:


“Having too many ideas in your head is not what makes it hard; thinking about ALL those ideas while working on ONE of them is what makes it hard.


In other words, while you are doing one idea, only think about that one idea. Your brain is excellent at holding many ideas. It is just not so good at doing 2 or 3 at the same time.


Contrary to what most people tell you, I believe there are benefits to having a full plate.


Benefit #1: Constantly thinking about ideas, iterations, and solutions to what you are involved in keeps your brain creatively nimble. This ability is what all artists leverage to create their art.


Benefit #2: Having multiple projects swirling inside and outside your brain gives you added objectivity to the one project you are doing. Making clear and potent decisions allows you to make your art faster, easier, and stronger.


Benefit #3: At its root, creativity is about making connections between seemingly unrelated things. The more stimulus an artist has, the more surprising and wondrous solutions are likely to happen.“


Creative juice fuels the train of imagination and keeps our spirits rolling happily.


How do you manage all your ideas, plans, and projects that you have cooking?


Let me know in the comments below-


If you’d like to know more about Nicholas Wilton, his art and the painting workshops he offers please check out his website


Keep your muse hummin’,






  • Inklinks Fall Workshops on Zoom


I’m eager to get back to writing in community!  Although the pandemic limits our travels it has enabled us to write across the miles together on Zoom and I’ve been so grateful to have stayed connected to my writing community in this time of social distancing.


The Fall Zoom workshop sessions have been expanded to 2 1/2 hours each to ensure we all have time to write and be heard.  Each 6 week series is still limited to 8 writers so sign up early!  All groups facilitated by Carol Teal, Certified AWA Affiliate and arts faclitator.  I look forward to writing with you!


All groups write to prompts designed to target specific writing skills and draw out your best muse.  Want to write poems?  Memoir?  Creative Nonfiction? Fiction?  All genres welcome and included in the skills we’ll address.  All experience levels welcome. All workshops based on the Amherst Writers and Artists’ Method (


Fall Zoom Workshops..         REGISTER at


  • World-Wide-Write : Six Wednesdays 2:00 – 4:30 pm EST.    $120
  •    Sept. 16 – Oct 21


Time chosen to accommodate writers from across the globe!
Join our international writing community.

  • Courting the Muse :  Six Wednesdays  7:00 – 9:30 pm EST.  $120
  • Sept. 16 – Oct. 21

A wide variety of inspiring prompts to bring your stories to life!
A wonderful writing community will provide feedback
with focus on the strengths in each piece.

In this Creative Writing Workshop we will work at diving deep to find our own authentic writing voices in a variety of genres. We will write from prompts designed to take us into new depth for our writing and also give us some gifts of lightness in these challenging and troubling times.

Join us for this meaningful and joyous writing time. Enrollment limited.

New for Fall 2020!
Revise, Rewrite & Submit!!
A manuscript review workshop geared to help you finish some of those wonderful first writes and polish them to submit for publication.  This group will meet twice a month on Monday evenings.  Participants will submit poems, stories, plays or parts of larger manuscripts for constructive critic by all group members.   Members will have the opportunity to submit at least 4 times and receive written feedback from all participants plus live discussion of each work.  Information will be shared on journals and contests for possible submissions.  Based in the AWA method to ensure a positive experience in grooming your work.  Sept. – Nov. 2020
Six sessions Sept-Nov.    $200.  Limited to 6 writers.


    Information & Registration at




Opportunities to Submit 



Here are a few writing events that are coming up soon to help your voice be heard!





The winner of Midnight Oil’s second annual poetry contest will receive $500.


For its fall issue, Fatal Flaw seeks poetry, fiction, flash fiction, essays, and photography on the theme of “The Unreliable Narrator.”


MacQueen’s Quinterly online is calling for general submissions of flash-length literature (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and poetic hybrids).


For its September theme, Resilient Women, HerStry seeks stories about resiliency, bouncing back, and living life to its fullest.




Ruminate Contests:
Last Minute!
Ruminate Broadside poetry competition closes Sept. 1, 2020 (3 day grace period)

Ruminate’s VanderMey Nonfiction Prize is open!
Each year they award $1500 and publication.  Deadline October 27, 2020



The 2021 CBC Short Story Prize is now open and writing tips return Thursday, Sept. 3. 

The CBC Short Story Prize will be open for submissions until 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 31, 2020.

Winning the CBC Short Story Prize comes with a few perks. The grand prize winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published on CBC Books. Four finalists will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books