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 […]

Going Full Time With Your Writing? Here Are 4 Hurdles You Will Face

This post originally aired as an episode of my podcast, The Fearless Creative. Make sure you subscribe so you never miss an episode! If you’d rather read instead of listen, I’ve included the abridged transcript below.  Welcome, welcome, welcome to the show everybody. I am so happy to be here talking to you. I’m recording […]

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.” […]

The Reason You’re Procrastinating (And How to Fix It)

We’ve all been there: You start the day with fire in your belly and the very best of intentions. Today’s the day! You’re going to write! You are ready to pen the next Great American Novel! And then…You don’t write. The entire day passes in a blur, and instead of writing, you fill your day […]

Killer Systems and Processes to Increase Productivity

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.) […]

You MUST Master These 3 Things Before You Go Into Business for Yourself

Being a solo entrepreneur requires intense self-mastery. Learn about the trifecta you must master before you become CEO of your own creative business.

How to Create a Custom Accountability System

Every writer and creative needs an accountability system. This week I discuss how to use your tendency from Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendency framework to build your own custom accountability system. I also share the six pillars of my personal accountability system.

“I Would Love to Write, But…” (How to Quash This Cop-Out Phrase)

Being a writer isn’t like being an accountant. For one thing, when I tell people what I do, they actually want to know more about it. Usually, that conversation doesn’t end until people know what I write, how many books I’ve published, and where I “get my ideas.” We have this cultural fascination with writers, […]

How to Train Your Writer — Maria and the Trunchbull

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 […]

How to Write While Traveling for the Holidays

The holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. I love Thanksgiving food so much that I served it at my wedding. I love to cook, and I love hanging out with my family while they cook. And nothing stirs my cynical dystopian writer soul quite as much as the She and Him […]