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  • What Silences Your Creative Voice (6/15/2018) - Recently my friend Leah Shoemaker shared a video of herself playing piano and singing an original song she wrote. It was so good! I wrote her an email to tell her so, and to just catch up. Her reply astounded me though. She thanked me, but then said, “For the most part, I hide singing.” […]
  • How to Make a Creative Shift (6/12/2018) - Today I want to share with you the four essential ingredients to making a creative shift in your life. What is a creative shift? It is about taking a leap forward to get unstuck and ensure that your creative work — your writing and art — has an impact on the world. This is what […]
  • Take Authority Over Your Creative Vision (6/8/2018) - This past week I met Bruce Springsteen. And it was a direct result of sending out my email newsletter. About a decade ago, Reed Fry joined my newsletter list. He wasn’t an author or artist, my main target audience, but a friend recommended that he would appreciate my take on marketing and digital media. Over […]
  • How to Take a One-Day Creative Retreat (6/1/2018) - Yesterday was a little tough for me. I had this intense feeling of “the fear of missing out” all day long. Why? Because I missed out on meeting a bunch of famous authors and celebrities, and I missed catching up with some wonderful friends who I rarely see. You see, I decided to skip going […]
  • Say YES to Your Craft (5/25/2018) - Saying “yes” to your craft means saying “no” to so much else. What I mean is this: if you struggle to: Find time to create To know exactly what you should create To finish what you start To understand who will love your work To reach those people There are no easy answers. No webinars […]
  • The Man Who Writes 10 Books Per Year – My Interview with Michael La Ronn (5/22/2018) - How can one man write 10 books per year, while working a full-time job, going to law school in the evenings, and raising a young family? Today we find out. I am so excited to share my interview with author Michael La Ronn. He has published more than 40 books in the past six years: […]
  • Claim Your Creative Time (5/18/2018) - What is it like to begin writing a book again after a 60 year break? Yesterday I ran a small workshop about establishing a writing routine, and one of the writers in the group, Fred Sanborn, told us about how he wrote and published books in the 1950s, and then stopped. He was here today […]
  • How to Manage Anxiety in Your Creative Process. My Interview with Artist Megan Carty (5/9/2018) - The other day I was looking at Instagram, and I saw a series of videos from an artist I follow, Megan Carty. She was in her studio, working on a series of paintings for a gallery show she is preparing for. She looked directly in the camera and said this: “I feel like I’m having […]
  • Getting Radical Clarity (5/4/2018) - Heads up! Join me to create a sustainable writing habit in my next Studio Time one-day workshop on Thursday May 17. Full details here. Only 15 spots available. There is this video I’ve watched a bunch of times this week, where centenarians — those who lived past 100 years old — are interviewed. In the […]
  • 5 Things I Learned By Writing Every Day For A Year (4/27/2018) - One year ago, I began writing my next book. I added a daily commitment to my calendar at 5:30am, seven days a week; it said simply: “Write.” Here I am, nearly 365 days later, having written every day. The results? Both ordinary and astounding. I want to share what I have learned in this past […]
  • Forming Creative Community. Exploring the Terrain Beyond the Limits of Social Media (4/20/2018) - Illustrator and writer Meera Lee Patel chatted with me recently about the value of having a creative community. For years, she worked alone on her craft in her apartment. But recently, she joined a shared studio space. This is how she describes the shift: “It is the first time in my life that I have […]
  • Embracing Possibility: My Interview with Illustrator and Writer Meera Lee Patel (4/18/2018) - Illustrator and writer Meera Lee Patel describes why she began painting soon after she began working a day job: “I started painting as a way to find myself, as a way to remind myself of who I was when I was a little bit happier. Who I was when I was making things. When I […]
  • Take Back Your Attention: Jocelyn K. Glei on Finding More Creativity and Meaning in Your Daily Work (4/11/2018) - Today I speak with writer Jocelyn K. Glei about how digital media and technology has created a crisis for many writers and artists. Their days are spent running on the treadmill of digital and social media, chained to their computers and phones, and increasingly unable to break away in order to complete bigger creative projects. […]
  • In-Between Your Creative Vision (4/6/2018) - Heads up: I just announced my next Studio Time 1-day workshop. Join me to clearly identify who your ideal audience is. There are only 15 spots available. More info here.   I’ve been thinking about that place in-between. In-between your creative vision and your reality. The thing about in-between is that you can see potential […]
  • The Return of Blogging (3/30/2018) - I’ve noticed something being talked about by some very successful writers and artists: blogging. Does that sound weird? As if I’m predicting the return of the pager and fax machine. Today I want to talk about how deep, long-term projects like blogs are being talked about as the solution to social media burnout that many […]
  • How Creative Side-Projects Led to a Career in Art and Design, with Kelli Anderson (3/28/2018) - In this podcast, I chat with Brooklyn-based artist and designer, Kelli Anderson. We dig into The value of stubbornness in the creative process How her career path had her quit a safe full-time job for a part-time job that allowed her to do creative side-project with the rest of her time The importance of collaboration in […]
  • This Historic Theater Will Be Destroyed (3/23/2018) - If you are a writer or artist, it is easy to feel as though you have missed the boat. As if, today, it is harder to develop an audience than it was 5 or 10 or 20 years ago. You look around at industry trends, at the marketplace, at social media, and feel jaded. You […]
  • The Business of Being a Writer, My Interview with Jane Friedman (3/14/2018) - Today I’m excited to share my interview with author and publishing expert Jane Friedman. In our discussion, we dig into the nuts and bolts on how to earn a living as a writer. We frame the conversation around her new book, The Business of Being a Writer, which shatters romantic assumptions around publishing, but then […]
  • Coping with Impostor Syndrome (3/9/2018) - Someone emailed me the other day and shared a challenge they are trying to work through: “I think my main creative challenge is shutting out all the noise and the other things I can do and just WRITE.” They went on to describe how their time is spent caring for their kids, for relatives who […]
  • Social Anxiety and Sharing Your Creative Work. An interview with Ellen Hendriksen, PhD (3/5/2018) - In my latest podcast, I interview psychologist Ellen Hendriksen, who helps millions calm their anxiety and be their authentic selves. In our chat, we dig into topics that writers and artists constantly struggle with, including: Impostors Syndrome Permission to create Comparison to others Seeking validation Sharing your work publicly Collaboration Entrepreneurship We talk about her […]
  • Invest in Yourself (3/2/2018) - Today I want to talk about investing in yourself and your creative vision. Investing in yourself is about how you spend your resources. For your writing or art, you can’t plan for luck or great timing or having the best connections or even being the most talented. What you can plan for is to make more […]
  • How to Develop Your Creative Career, with Will Terry (2/27/2018) - In this podcast episode, I talk to illustrator Will Terry. We dig deep into how he went from freelance gigs as an illustrator to developing a sustainable career with multiple revenue streams. Will illustrates children’s books, sells his art at conventions, and is the co-founder of an online art school called The School of Visual […]
  • How Marketing Actually Works (2/23/2018) - A lot of writers and artists want to know what works when it comes to marketing. Often, they want to find a simple trick that they can use quickly to have more people become aware of their books or art or mission. It’s not uncommon for me to hear things like: “I tried Facebook, it […]
  • Let’s Talk About Art, Money, Piracy and Drew Barrymore. My Interview With Marc Johns. (2/20/2018) - On January 29th, artist Marc Johns saw this on social media: Drew Barrymore shared a photo of her daughter wearing a jacket that had Marc’s art on it: Amazing right? This is the type of thing that many artists dream about: a celebrity sharing their work with 8 million followers. But there was a problem. […]
  • The Cure for Social Media Overwhelm (2/16/2018) - I realized something this week: 10 years ago, I joined Twitter. I’ve shared 25,000 Tweets in that time. 12 years ago I created my blog. I clicked “publish” on a post more than 2,000 times. 13 years ago I sent my first email newsletter. I’ve sent more than 650 weekly newsletters since then. In some […]
  • Find More Time For Creative Work You are Proud Of, With Srini Rao (2/13/2018) - Today I speak with Srini Rao, who is the host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative podcast, and the author of Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best. In this chat we discuss how to find more time to do the creative work that you love. Click ‘play’ above, or listen to the episode on […]
  • Join Me In My Studio (2/11/2018) - Create an Online Identity and Social Media Profile That Feels Honest, Professional and Inspiring Join me a for a one-day intensive workshop to create or refine your online identity so that it feels authentically you, and will resonate with those you hope to engage. In this one-day live virtual workshop, you will work directly with […]
  • Navigating Creative Burnout, My Interview With Rebecca Green (1/31/2018) - How do you navigate creative burnout? That is something that illustrator/author Rebecca Green has been working through. Here is a snapshot of her work: A-MAZ-ING right?! But a couple months ago, she shared this with her 225,000 Instagram followers: “I have to be honest, my well is empty. Bone dry. It’s been a rough last […]
  • Book Coach Q&A with Jennie Nash (1/26/2018) - I sat down with book coach Jennie Nash to run a Q&A session with writers. Jennie has many super powers, and on this call we discussed aspects of how to write a better book, how to manage your creative time, and the connection between audience engagement and writing. Jennie gives brutally honest answers about what […]
  • Becoming a Healthy Writer: My Interview With Joanna Penn (1/22/2018) - Often, writers and artists talk about how to get better at their craft, publish their work, and engage an audience. They look for tricks and trends and shortcuts and “best practices.”  Yet, in working with creative professionals over the years, I have found that there is a topic which can undermine all of their other […]
  • The Gift of Your Full Attention (1/18/2018) - A writer I know shared a story with me recently that I can’t stop thinking about. It encapsulated so much of how writers struggle to truly share their work with the world, and find their audience. What she told me: “I went to a dinner this week with a group of my husband’s friends, people […]
  • Would You Drive 100 Miles for a Sandwich? (1/12/2018) - Many writers and artists I know are stuck between these two places: They are overwhelmed with all of the marketing, promotion, and content being thrown at them via email, blogs, podcasts, social media, phone, TV and every other channel. Yet, they desperately want to grow and engage an audience for their own creative work, usually […]
  • Creating is the best marketing (1/5/2018) - I have spent years teaching about marketing, branding, blogging, social media, podcasting, speaking, ecourses, newsletters, websites, digital downloads, videos, and so much more. But I’m going to say it: Creating is the best marketing. Period. Meaning: doing more of your craft, publishing it and sharing it is the best way to develop an audience. That […]
  • Fill Your Life With Intention, Not Reaction (12/29/2017) - Reminder: today is the last day to register for my Mastermind group which begins on Monday. Work directly with me to develop the power habits you need to find success with your writing and art. You can find details, a video walk-through and registration here. There is enough room in the world for your writing, […]
  • I need your help (12/22/2017) - This past year, I doubled down on my creative work. I made some big changes, focused on increasing the clarity of what I do, while improving all the details: I signed a lease on a private studio space: I spent the year continuing to dig deep into my research on successful writers and artists. I […]
  • The Top 3 Habits of Successful Writers & Artists (12/15/2017) - All I do all day, every day, is work in the trenches with writers and artists. Today I want to share the 3 essential habits that successful creators use to battle distraction, create work that matters, and grow their audience. Let’s dig in… #1 Focus on One Thing The first habit is to focus on […]
  • How to Mastermind (12/14/2017) - This podcast episode digs into why I feel you should join or create a mastermind group, and my tips on how to get the most value out of it. I review different types of mastermind groups, how they can help you find more success as a creative professional, and best practices for collaborating with others. […]
  • How to set (and achieve) your creative goals (12/8/2017) - Today I want to share simple steps to set goals for your creative work that you can (and will!) actually achieve in 2018. I want you to be able to battle distraction, avoid overwhelm, and truly take meaningful steps to improving your craft and sharing it with others. (Heads up: I’m hosting a live chat […]
  • The Opportunity to Create (11/24/2017) - Every day, we each have the opportunity to not just consume, but to create. We can each make the choice to double down on a creative vision, and spend a few moments writing, drawing, crafting, or performing. I encourage you to create every day. This year I spent a lot of time on personal reflection with […]
  • The Success Path for Writers & Artists (11/17/2017) - For the past few years I have dug deep into researching what it takes to find success with your craft. How writers, artists, and other creative professionals can go from just dabbling with their work, to realizing their full potential, and changing other people’s lives. Today I want to share what I have been learning. […]
  • “I gave myself permission” – an interview with children’s book author Stacy McAnulty (11/9/2017) - If you wondered about the reality of what it takes to find true success with your craft, I beg of you to listen to my interview with children’s book author Stacy McAnulty. She published 6 books this year, and 6 books in 2016. The road to that success? Dramatically longer and more involved that even I […]
  • 10 Simple Steps to Steady Blogging (11/3/2017) - Do you struggle to keep up with consistently posting to your blog, email newsletter, or even a podcast? Let’s solve that once and for all, right now. I’m going to share the 10 simple steps that will create an easily manageable system for your blog. This is what I have learned after helping people launch […]
  • Can You Have a Platform Without Social Media? Yes. (10/27/2017) - This past week a writer shared with me a familiar challenge: “Publishers and agents expect authors to have a strong social media presence. I’ve taken seminars and workshops about social media. I feel like I understand how to do it, but I just don’t enjoy it.” Today I would like to explain why I feel […]
  • Stop Following Others. Be More Like Yourself. An Interview With Will Ackerman (10/19/2017) - I want you to imagine something. That you take the unique creative vision that is inside of you, and you pursue it. You obsessively go “all in” with it. You stop following the advice of the gurus out there, and you double down on honing your craft and sharing it with others. After awhile, people […]
  • The two things I advise for any book launch (10/12/2017) - I hung up this quote on the wall of my studio this week: So many writers and artists I speak to are crushed by the weight of all the things they are told they “must do” in order to succeed. They are drowning in information. There is a constant barrage of webinars, courses, Facebook ads, […]
  • Distracted by Art (10/6/2017) - This week I asked a group of writers and artists about their biggest distractions — the thing keeping them from working on their craft. I called these distractions “cave trolls” because they stand between the artist and their creative vision. Again and again, I heard about the distraction of the internet, and of how hard […]
  • What platform really means, today (9/29/2017) - Something special happened this week. My book reached the milestone of receiving 50 reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of 5 stars: Someone asked: “How did you do this?” It was a difficult question to consider. In many ways, the honest answer is, “I didn’t. Generous readers have supported me and my work. They […]
  • 3 Essential Ingredients of Successful Creative Work (9/22/2017) - In the past couple of weeks, two podcasts interviewed me about how I balance family and my creative work. You can listen to those conversations here: My interview with Mom Writes (Episode 4): “Dan Blank, author of Be the Gateway, walks us through his work day- including his particular strategies of time blocking and energy […]
  • My Creative Shift (9/15/2017) - Last week, without warning, I lost a client. It seems they had a surprise medical bill, and just like that, I was down a client. It’s scary. It means that part-way into the month, I just lost a big chunk of revenue that can’t be replaced. That revenue is all that supports my family. It […]
  • The Poseur Test (9/1/2017) - Have you ever felt like a total fraud with your creative work? Like a poseur who wants to be known as a writer or artist or for their ideas, but worries that you don’t live up to that identity? If you have, boy are you not alone. I grew up as an artist, my friends […]