Can Stress Give You a Creative Edge? Plus a Weird Psychological Hack to Feel Better

This week on The Fearless Creative, I sat down with Dr. Derek Novacek and talked about the long-term impact of stress and how stress affects the creative process. You can listen to the episode here or subscribe to The Fearless Creative on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Dr. Novacek is a clinical and research psychologist. He earned his […]

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 […]

5 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Creative Business

This post originally aired as an episode of my podcast, “The Fearless Creative.” 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 […]

The Reason You’re Procrastinating and How to Fix It (Part II)

Of all the problems writers face, procrastination is the most insidious. Sometimes we don’t even know we have a problem with procrastination. We will finish our novel/write that poem/complete that dissertation…We’ll just do it later. Well, as your dad used to say, “There are seven days in a week, and ‘someday’ isn’t one of them.” […]

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.) […]

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.) […]

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 […]

How to Work With the Seasons of Your Creative Cycle

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 […]

The Life-Changing Strategy to Unlock Unstoppable Creativity

When you write for a living, you need a fool-proof strategy to keep creating day after day. There’s no time for writer’s block or feeling uninspired. This strategy has helped me nurture my creativity through 17 novels over the course of six years.

Want to Make It as a Writer? Raise Your Standards for What Is Possible

There’s a reason I love entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are hungry — and the successful ones aren’t afraid to dream big. You talk to any startup founder, and usually you’ll walk away feelings strangely energized…or downright exhausted. Many of the entrepreneurs I know think, work, and talk a mile a minute. They have lots of ideas, and […]