The Reason You’re Procrastinating (And How to Fix It)

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 […]

The Power of Incremental Progress

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.) […]

9 Signs You Need a Creative Reset

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, […]

How to Get Motivated to Write

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 […]

Why You Should Do That Thing That Scares You

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 […]

Feeling Blocked? 6 Foolproof Tricks to Get Your Ideas Flowing

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 […]

Creative Diversions: A Healthy Way to Recharge or a Sneaky Path to Self-Sabotage?

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 […]

How to Stay Positive as a Writer When You Just Can’t Get Traction

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. […]

5 Ways to Create Accountability for Yourself and Your Writing

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 […]

“I Would Love to Write, But…” (How to Quash This Cop-Out Phrase)

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, […]