Feeling Blocked? 6 Foolproof Tricks to Get Your Ideas Flowing

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

‘The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success’ for Fearless, Purpose-Led Writing

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 Trade-Offs of the Writing Life — What Would You Sacrifice for Your Dream?

For the last 10 years or so, I have been plugged in to the world of sustainability. I’ve flirted with vegetarianism. I’ve tried my hand at vermicompost. I avoid single-use plastic whenever I can, and I try to be mindful of my consumption. I’ve backslid on my own sustainability journey in the last three or … Continue reading The Trade-Offs of the Writing Life — What Would You Sacrifice for Your Dream?

How to Shed Self-Limiting Beliefs: The Lesson of Crocodile Dundee

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

How Writers Can Use Creative Visualization to Manifest Their Best Work

This week I’ve been reading “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain. It’s a little book I picked up by chance last week when I was looking for something else. It was originally published in 1978, but it is a timeless classic in personal development. Creative visualization is, in Gawain’s words, “using your imagination to create what … Continue reading How Writers Can Use Creative Visualization to Manifest Their Best Work

The Essential NaNoWriMo Prep, Part 1: Getting Your Life in Order

Here's a rundown of everything you need to write your novel in November... This post is the first in a series I’ll be writing in honor of National Novel-Writing Month. If you aren’t participating in NaNoWriMo this year, you should. I have a free workbook available for download on the home page that will guide … Continue reading The Essential NaNoWriMo Prep, Part 1: Getting Your Life in Order