My Best Tips for Collaborating With Other Creatives

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.

How to Manage Self-Doubt as a 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.

#HappierLaborDay: My Reflections on the Writing Life

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. […]

5 Ways to Find Your Weird Writing Quirks (and Hopefully Fix Them for Good)

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 […]

How to Write Blog Posts With Impossible-to-Skim Personality

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 […]

How to Self-Edit Your Novel

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 […]

Design Your Life for Happiness

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.) […]

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 […]