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
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 … Continue reading How to Work With the Seasons of Your Creative Cycle
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.
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 … Continue reading Want to Make It as a Writer? Raise Your Standards for What Is Possible
As writers and creatives, there is no shortage of material in the world telling us that we should doubt ourselves. The online world is fraught with articles telling us that it is difficult to succeed as a writer, that the publishing industry is crumbling, and that our odds of writing a breakout hit are a … Continue reading How to Shed Self-Limiting Beliefs: The Lesson of Crocodile Dundee
Over the holidays, something happened to me that hadn’t happened in nearly three years: I got sick. When I woke up on December 23rd with a runny nose, I tried to dismiss it. I pride myself on having an iron constitution, and I was determined to nip it in the bud. I took loads of … Continue reading How to Train Your Writer — Maria and the Trunchbull
We’ve all been there: You want desperately to write a novel, but you’re not sure what you should be writing. As creative people, most of us are brimming with ideas, but we often struggle to find that idea that really has legs — an idea that we can stay interested in long enough to write … Continue reading Not Sure What to Write? Create an Id List to Jumpstart Your Novel