My Morning Routine for Optimal Creativity

I recently launched my first nonfiction book for writers and artists, Creative Morning Magic: A Life-Changing Daily Practice for Writers, Artists, and Makers. In this episode of The Fearless Creative, I go through my personal morning routine in detail and explain how it helps me maintain peak creativity.

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How to Manage Self-Doubt as a Creative

I discuss how writers and creatives can overcome self-doubt through brute force, cultivating confidence in other areas of life, and by being prolific.

5 Ways to Find Your Weird Writing Quirks (and Hopefully Fix Them for Good)

Catching your own idiosyncrasies can feel like playing whack-a-mole: As soon as you stop making your character sigh every other paragraph, you learn you are addicted to ellipses. Then you set out on a mission to rid your dialogue tags of adverbs, and you start over-relying on a few of your favorite verbs. Because writing […]

How to Write Blog Posts With Impossible-to-Skim Personality

It started with the cheese. Last Saturday afternoon, my husband and I were feeling fancy. When we feel fancy, we like to fire up the Weber and treat ourselves to a nice a wine-and-cheese spread. As fancy people do, we raided the $5 cheese bin at the grocery store where they sell remnants of the […]

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 […]

Dharma, Ikigai, and Discovering Your Purpose in Life

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 […]

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.) […]

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.

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 […]