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Is Your Creative Work Stuck in the Mud?

Overwhelmed. Distracted. Treading water. Alone. Frustrated. Stuck. These are terms I hear often from creative professionals trying to gain momentum in their work. Including me. I have wrestled with these challenges as much as any other creative trying to hone their craft, and make a living around it. Too often, we ignore the problem. We […] Read More

The Complete List of Creative Distractions and Defenses Against Them

Over on Writer Unboxed, I shared a humorous take on a huge problem that affects many creative professionals: distractions. I cover a wide range of distractions, and propose clear tactics to combat them. One example: Distraction: Cleaning Definition: Dust bunnies. You can hear them calling, can’t you? They say, “Dust us! Collect us and deliver […] Read More

Are You Preparing For Success, or Merely Protecting Against Failure?

Heads up: The deadline to register for my next online course -- Get Read: Find and Engage Your Audience -- is Monday. If you are a writer hoping to find readers and want to develop a successful plan to launch your book, please check it out.   Many writers and creative professionals aren’t prepared for success. […] Read More

The Secret To Getting Your Book on the TODAY Show

A writer who had taken one of my courses recently reported something incredible: "Kathie Lee Gifford just shared my first children's book as her Favorite Thing on TODAY!" Here is a photo: The author is Teri Case, and her book is I'm Going to the Doctor. Teri and I met when she took my online […] Read More

Lessons From BuzzFeed on How to Grow and Engage Your Audience

If you are an author or creator hoping to grow and engage your audience -- outside of your book itself -- I want to introduce you to someone I'm a big fan of: Ze Frank. Ze (pronounced "zay") is a "performance artist" who created one of my favorite things ever, and is perhaps best known […] Read More