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. … Continue reading How to Stay Positive as a Writer When You Just Can’t Get Traction

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 … Continue reading 5 Ways to Create Accountability for Yourself and Your Writing

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

How to Shed Self-Limiting Beliefs: The Lesson of Crocodile Dundee

As writers and creatives, there is no shortage of material in the world telling us that we should doubt ourselves. The online world is fraught with articles telling us that it is difficult to succeed as a writer, that the publishing industry is crumbling, and that our odds of writing a breakout hit are a … Continue reading How to Shed Self-Limiting Beliefs: The Lesson of Crocodile Dundee

How Writers Can Use Creative Visualization to Manifest Their Best Work

This week I’ve been reading “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain. It’s a little book I picked up by chance last week when I was looking for something else. It was originally published in 1978, but it is a timeless classic in personal development. Creative visualization is, in Gawain’s words, “using your imagination to create what … Continue reading How Writers Can Use Creative Visualization to Manifest Their Best Work