Today’s the day! Creative Morning Magic: The Life-Changing Daily Practice for Writers, Artists, and Makers is now available wherever books are sold. I am so excited to release this book. It has been a long time coming. This is the book my soul most wanted to write, but I put it off and put it off […]
I discuss the benefits and challenges of collaborating with other creatives. I share my best tips for successfully collaborating with another creative — whether you’re working with a freelancer on a project-by-project basis or engaging in an ongoing partnership with another author or creative.
I discuss how writers and creatives can overcome self-doubt through brute force, cultivating confidence in other areas of life, and by being prolific.
This week, I aired a special minisode of the podcast in honor of #HappierLaborDay. “Happier Labor Day” was a movement created by Gretchen Rubin to encourage all of us to reflect on our work-life and how we could make it happier. Now, as a full-time writer and creative, I’m pretty dang happy with my work. […]
Catching your own idiosyncrasies can feel like playing whack-a-mole: As soon as you stop making your character sigh every other paragraph, you learn you are addicted to ellipses. Then you set out on a mission to rid your dialogue tags of adverbs, and you start over-relying on a few of your favorite verbs. Because writing […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.) […]
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 […]