5 Alternate Streams of Income That Every Writer Should Know About

Being a full-time writer is awesome. I get to spend most of my time doing what I love, which is writing science fiction and creating content for other writers and creatives. I get to make my own schedule, work from wherever, and take time off if I want or need to. But as you regular […]

The Surprising Trait That Predicts Creative Success (and How to Develop It)

This post originally aired as an episode of my podcast, The Fearless Creative. Make sure you subscribe to get your weekly dose of inspiration, motivation, and my very best tips for succeeding as a creative entrepreneur! If you’d rather read instead of listen, I’ve included the abridged transcript below. Welcome, welcome, welcome to the show everybody. I […]

Evolve or Die: What Being a Writer Looks Like for Me in 2019

Ever had one of those days when someone asks you how you’re doing and you find yourself blurting out your whole life story? Last Tuesday was one of those days. I started out writing a blog post about how to use freelance income to supplement fiction income, but it quickly morphed into something else. At […]

Should You Move to Your Dream City to Write?

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.) […]

Want to Make a Living From Your Writing? Start Here.

By the time I was eight years old, I knew I wanted to be an author. Technically, I wanted to be an author “like JK Rowling,” but even then I would have been satisfied just to spend my days writing stories. I held onto this dream until about high school, when I began receiving messages […]

Creating a 5-Year Plan and Future-Proofing My Author Business

This post airs today on The Fearless Creative podcast. If you’d rather read instead of listen, I’ve included the abridged transcript below. (Please note that I had to re-record this episode, so the transcript here is not an exact match to the final published episode.) If you do listen, please take a moment to subscribe and leave a […]

Success Is Not in the Struggle: The Real Story of Wildly Successful People

In our culture, we’ve been taught that life is supposed to be hard. The narrative of the American dream always includes a long period of hard work and struggle and heartbreak before success. We are taught that the struggle is the path to success. If you consider the rags-to-riches stories we are so familiar with in our culture, it sounds as though people just kept pushing and struggling until they finally got their big break. We tend to latch on to the parts about homelessness, rejection, abuse, and bankruptcy because it seems unbelievable that the wildly successful stars and businesspeople we know today could have ever experienced that level of adversity.

‘The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success’ for Fearless, Purpose-Led Writing

This past week, I had the immense privilege to read “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra. On Sunday night I finished reading and bought the audiobook. I went to sleep listening to Chopra read, and on Monday I gave my hardback copy away to a friend. I will buy another copy for […]

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 Use Life Architecture to Create the Life You Want

“Goals can be made in the spirit that life is an enjoyable game to be played, and one that can be deeply rewarding.” — Shakti Gawain Have you ever wished that you had more time for your family? Have you ever wished you could live somewhere beautiful and could spend your days outside? Do you […]