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  • Finding focus to create more (12/9/2016) - If you are a writer or creative professional who works on your craft at home, I want to share my best advice on how to do so. I want to help you find more focus amidst the many distractions you face every single day. This is everything I have learned through: Working from home full-time […]
  • Invest in white space (12/1/2016) - If you want more time and energy to focus on your writing and creative work, then this post is my best advice on how to do so. Too often, we invest in things. We seek to add more to our lives, not less. We convince ourselves that this new app, this new course, this new […]
  • Helping lasts (11/18/2016) - My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently. Today, I want to reflect on what lasts… what it means to commit to creating something. And how, in the process, something is gained that can’t be found in any other way. There are no shortcuts, no hacks, no stand-ins for it. Here are my parents on […]
  • Finding clarity (instead of distraction) (11/11/2016) - Whenever I speak to a writer or creative professional, the one thing I always try to help with is this: Clarity. There is so much distraction nowadays. Some is the nature of an increasingly interconnected world. Some is self-inflicted, such as our own desire to check email before bed, or to check Facebook (which can […]
  • I am in a book! (11/4/2016) - This week was the release of the book Author in Progress, for which I contributed an essay. If you are working on a book or other creative project, today I want to share some observations of what I have learned in the process of releasing this book. Let’s dig in… Collaborate Publishing a book is […]
  • Craft comes first (10/21/2016) - When I talk to writers about how to ensure their message is heard, I always start with the same piece of advice: write the best book that you can. This craft, this art, is core to everything that comes after. The work itself must be of the best quality you can make it. Craft is […]
  • Creating a support system for your creative work (10/14/2016) - Most of the people I work with — writers and other creative professionals — work from home. They develop their craft amidst other responsibilities, and the worries that come with them: family, finance, health, home, relationships, and so much else. Very often, I talk about creative habits that help you produce great work, and to […]
  • Forgive yourself (10/7/2016) - This year, in all of the presentations at conferences and events, I have ended with a slide that says this: “Forgive yourself.” This past week, I shared that with a group of writers in a talk I gave for Writer’s Digest, and I received a note back from an author saying this: “Thanks for a […]
  • Don’t go viral (9/30/2016) - Don’t try to go viral. Instead, focus on narrowcasting. Let me explain… By viral, I mean doing something that creates “buzz” really quickly, often via social media. Too often, writers and creative professionals feel overwhelmed by all the things they are told to do (blog! newsletter! podcast! Twitter! Pinterest!) because the goal seems to be […]
  • I’m opening a few slots to my private Mastermind group (9/21/2016) - I’m offering a rare opportunity to engage with me personally through a 12-week mastermind program that will focus your creative business for success in 2017. Every year I go through a system of analysis that serves as the backbone for my company, WeGrowMedia. This is now a six-year-old venture, and each year it has been […]