In his book "Awaken the Giant Within," Tony Robbins suggests completing a 10-Day Mental Diet. Now, the word "diet" is sooo 1991. I like to think of this challenge as more of a mental detox. For 10 days, you commit to avoid indulging in or dwelling on unhelpful/destructive thoughts or emotions.
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.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I don’t believe in writer’s block as a long-term or chronic condition. The main problem I have with the concept is that “writer’s block” is a broad label that our culture applies to a myriad of problems — all of which have a unique … Continue reading Feeling Blocked? 6 Foolproof Tricks to Get Your Ideas Flowing
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 … Continue reading ‘The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success’ for Fearless, Purpose-Led Writing
The business of writing can be a lonely existence — even for the ultimate introvert. I get my energy from being alone, and I prefer intimate conversations to parties. I work better alone — always have — but even for me the writer’s life is extreme. I estimate I spend about 96 percent of my … Continue reading The Best Places to Meet Writer Friends (and Why Writers Need Other Writers)
Last weekend, my husband and I ventured down to Old Colorado City to do some Christmas shopping for our family. We stumbled into a British novelty shop on the edge of the shopping district — right in the middle of High Tea. (For the sake of accuracy, the event we witnessed was actually an afternoon … Continue reading Bring Back the Written Word This Holiday Season
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