We’ve all been there: You start the day with fire in your belly and the very best of intentions. Today’s the day! You’re going to write! You are ready to pen the next Great American Novel! And then…You don’t write. The entire day passes in a blur, and instead of writing, you fill your day … Continue reading The Reason You’re Procrastinating (And How to Fix It)
This post originally aired on The Fearless Creative podcast. If you’d rather read instead of listen, I’ve included the abridged transcript below. If you do listen, please take a moment to subscribe and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, or your favorite podcatcher. (If you don’t know how to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, I’ve got a wonderful little cheat sheet here.) … Continue reading The Power of Incremental Progress
Creativity is a natural phenomenon. And, like any natural phenomenon, it is not perfectly uniform. Creativity comes in waves or seasons — seasons of abundance and seasons of dormancy. I’ve been writing professionally for almost seven years now, and I’ve come to recognize my own creative patterns. I will go through bouts of intense creative energy, … Continue reading 9 Signs You Need a Creative Reset
My mom was a schoolteacher. In her lifetime, she taught nearly every age group from kindergarten to eighth grade. She was also really interested in self-help and the research around human behavior. On a personal level, my mom was hyper-organized, Type-A, and a high achiever in every sense of the word. You can see why … Continue reading How to Get Motivated to Write
You’ve heard the expression “follow your fear.” It’s the sort of advice we usually nod along with when we hear it and then immediately disregard. None of us enjoys doing the things that scare us: having that tough conversation, going for that thing that seems out of reach, or deciding to do what we really … Continue reading Why You Should Do That Thing That Scares You
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I don’t believe in writer’s block as a long-term or chronic condition. The main problem I have with the concept is that “writer’s block” is a broad label that our culture applies to a myriad of problems — all of which have a unique … Continue reading Feeling Blocked? 6 Foolproof Tricks to Get Your Ideas Flowing
If you’re looking to build a career as a full-time writer, you need to hone a laser-like focus. When I was building my business, I would wake up an hour early to write before work and then spend another eight or nine hours in front of my laptop. I wrote on the weekends. Sometimes I … Continue reading Creative Diversions: A Healthy Way to Recharge or a Sneaky Path to Self-Sabotage?