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

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

Should You Move to Your Dream City to Write?

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

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.