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?
It’s inevitable in any creative career: No matter how hard you work, no matter how great your writing is or how well-placed your niche, there will be times when it feels as though you just can't get traction. Maybe you’re struggling to complete your first novel. Maybe you have been fielding one rejection after another. … Continue reading How to Stay Positive as a Writer When You Just Can’t Get Traction
Do you want to be a writer? Do you dream of publishing a novel but struggle to find the time to write? Do you sometimes set writing goals for yourself, only to have life get in the way? When you get busy, is your writing time the first thing to go? You’re not alone. These … Continue reading 5 Ways to Create Accountability for Yourself and Your Writing
Being a writer isn’t like being an accountant. For one thing, when I tell people what I do, they actually want to know more about it. Usually, that conversation doesn’t end until people know what I write, how many books I’ve published, and where I “get my ideas.” We have this cultural fascination with writers, … Continue reading “I Would Love to Write, But…” (How to Quash This Cop-Out Phrase)