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The Mindless Robots of Social Media “Best Practices”

This is exactly how I feel about so many of the "best practices" for social media that I hear about; they have the right intention, but something goes awry: What you see here is a robot doing EXACTLY as it was programmed to do. And yet, something is lost in translation. Is the garbage can […] Read More

Preparing for Success (and finding more time to write)

For so many writers and creative professionals, a key challenge they face is feeling stretched beyond their limits: maxed out on time and energy. This leads to a sense of frustration, and begins to encourage them to OVERLOOK opportunities because they are just "trying to get by" with an already burdensome workload. And worse: their […] Read More

Who Started It All For Your Creative Spirit?

Who started it for you in lighting the fire for your creative spirit? Who is the source - the person (or people) who initially inspired you to write, to create, to push your skills further? Who transcends all others when you consider "the greats?" And how old were you when you discovered them? This is […] Read More

What Are Writers Afraid Of?

I recently shared a post on WriterUnboxed exploring the things writers fear most. Top of the list: APATHY. That no one cares about what you write. The piece starts with something one author shared with me about their fears: "That I’ll only end up drowning in the sea of online voices. That no one cares. […] Read More

Being Proactive vs Reactive in Crafting and Sharing One’s Voice

What is VOICE in the life of a writer or creative professional? This is a question that I considered in a workshop yesterday with 5th graders at PS 123 in Harlem, along with author Julie Sternberg. Julie shared the stories behind crafting several of her books, explaining her obsession with the distinct voice of each […] Read More