It started with the cheese. Last Saturday afternoon, my husband and I were feeling fancy. When we feel fancy, we like to fire up the Weber and treat ourselves to a nice a wine-and-cheese spread. As fancy people do, we raided the $5 cheese bin at the grocery store where they sell remnants of the … Continue reading How to Write Blog Posts With Impossible-to-Skim Personality
So much of being a creative person is trying to unlearn all the things you think you know. And a big part of growing as a writer is returning to the page day after day with the freshness of a beginner. This is why I love working with writers who are still at the beginning … Continue reading How to Self-Edit Your Novel
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 Design Your Life for Happiness
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
In his book "Awaken the Giant Within," Tony Robbins suggests completing a 10-Day Mental Diet. Now, the word "diet" is sooo 1991. I like to think of this challenge as more of a mental detox. For 10 days, you commit to avoid indulging in or dwelling on unhelpful/destructive thoughts or emotions.
When I first started writing, I didn’t understand my own creative process. I would often ram my way from one creative project straight into the next without pausing to recharge or reflect. Sometimes after completing a novel, I would hit this wall of exhaustion and begin to feel really depressed. I didn’t understand why my … Continue reading How to Work With the Seasons of Your Creative Cycle
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