One Kick, Ten Thousand Times

One of the most interesting blog posts I have seen of late is one by James Clear breaking down deliberate practice.  He uses the example of Ben Hogan and his deliberate golf practices, but it is equally applicable to creatives. Thinking about how to engage in deliberate practice as a fiction writer is an interesting […]

You Can Make Magic By Saying “Yes!” to New Things

What Risktakers Like Mark Cuban and Rosa Parks Can Teach Us In 2006, I started a blog related to my profession.  On the one hand, I thought I was late to the blogging game, but on the other hand, my profession was notoriously stodgy and risk averse.  So no one except a few of my […]

What Are Your Tools for Successful Writing?

My boss and mentor often says, “Pay for good tools.  Just cry once.” He was a mechanic for years, putting himself through grad school by fixing Volkswagon bugs. So his philosophy started early and then carried through for many decades throughout his professional life.   He never hesitated to invest in buying computer hardware equipment, […]

Using Websites To Grow Your Business with Linda Jones

Today, some technical tips for you and your writing business courtesy of Linda Jones, Founder + CEO of Taykoff. ————————————- As a writer, we know websites are vital to our business.  They are an avenue for building a following and showcasing our work.  But, how can we create one?  As a writer, web design isn’t our strong […]

Who’s On Your Team?

When I was writing my 50k words for NaNoWriMo, I wrote entirely alone for the month of November.  I would not recommend that to most people. Even if you are by nature more introverted, there is power in knowing that you are not pulling the sled alone. A close friend once told me about one […]

Eat The Bigger Frog First.

Today’s topic is procrastination. Recently I came across a quote attributed to Mark Twain and I felt that it was particularly appropriate for creatives doing new year planning. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.  And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, […]

3 Successful Storytellers & Lessons From Their Mindset

The term “mindset” is getting used a lot these days.  And many writing books start with the advice to keep it foremost in your mind that YOU ARE A WRITER. In her now classic Harvard commencement speech, J.K. Rowling discusses living in poverty and how she wrote on her lunch break and at cafes.  She explains […]

2 Time Management Tips for Creatives

I’ve been listening to a number of interviews with people who have transitioned to writing full time.  It has been fascinating to listen to people talk about the years beforehand, when they worked a dayjob and had to wedge in their writing time. Many of theme woke early, getting up at 5am (or even earlier) […]

Write To Market: Deliver a Book That Sells

The inventory at Kindle Unlimited continues to grow and I’m glad I splurged at the beginning and paid for a discounted bulk annual price.  Chris Fox is a new favorite of mine and this book is no exception.  He has a direct informative style that I really appreciate.  I’ve got a dayjob, I’ve got kids, […]

Choosing Abundance in 2017

There are so many fantastic webinars and blog posts this time of year, about planning and thinking positively.  I’ve enjoyed them all and in the spirit of that planning, I made my vision board yesterday. What’s the purpose of the vision board? Two things, both of which retrain the brain for success: Affirmation Subliminal Messaging […]