Can Stress Give You a Creative Edge? Plus a Weird Psychological Hack to Feel Better

This week on The Fearless Creative, I sat down with Dr. Derek Novacek and talked about the long-term impact of stress and how stress affects the creative process. You can listen to the episode here or subscribe to The Fearless Creative on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Dr. Novacek is a clinical and research psychologist. He earned his […]

The Reason You’re Procrastinating and How to Fix It (Part II)

Of all the problems writers face, procrastination is the most insidious. Sometimes we don’t even know we have a problem with procrastination. We will finish our novel/write that poem/complete that dissertation…We’ll just do it later. Well, as your dad used to say, “There are seven days in a week, and ‘someday’ isn’t one of them.” […]

Killer Systems and Processes to Increase Productivity

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.) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Desk Rx: How to Hack the Desk Life to Become a More Healthy Writer

Let’s face it: Writing isn’t the best job for optimizing health. (I drink way too much coffee and indulge in way too much cheesecake from my favorite writing café.) Any job that keeps us confined to a desk glaring at a computer screen isn’t all that great, but for many of us, the desk life […]

How to Write While Traveling for the Holidays

The holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. I love Thanksgiving food so much that I served it at my wedding. I love to cook, and I love hanging out with my family while they cook. And nothing stirs my cynical dystopian writer soul quite as much as the She and Him […]

How to Write Faster

This post is part of a series dedicated to National Novel-Writing Month. If you’re participating this year, make sure you download my free NaNoWriMo workbook. If you’re abstaining, never fear. These posts will help you become a better writer no matter what (or when) you write. Whether you’re a beginning writer or a seasoned novelist, […]

10 Ways to Distraction-Proof Your Life for NaNoWriMo

This post is part of a series dedicated to National Novel-Writing Month. If you aren’t participating in NaNoWriMo this year, you should. I have a free workbook available for download on the home page that will guide you through the process in a fun and accessible way. If you’re abstaining this year, never fear. These […]

The Essential NaNoWriMo Prep, Part 1: Getting Your Life in Order

Here’s a rundown of everything you need to write your novel in November… This post is the first in a series I’ll be writing in honor of National Novel-Writing Month. If you aren’t participating in NaNoWriMo this year, you should. I have a free workbook available for download on the home page that will guide […]