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  • Overwhelmed: Turning Your Creative Vision Into a Sustainable Career (10/17/2014) - “Overwhelmed.” This is the word I hear again and again from creative professionals who are trying to create work they love, while creating momentum for their career. A writer in one of my courses recently asked about the next step – the step beyond developing one’s platform and audience. As he put it: “Ultimately we […]
  • Momentum Sometimes Looks Like Failure (10/10/2014) - No one showed up. That is what happened last week when my friends Scott, Andrea and I held a local meetup. This was our 10th event, which we started a year ago. We called the series MOMENTUM, and sought to bring together local creative professionals who were looking to create momentum in their business and […]
  • I Am Amazed By What These Two Women Created for Our Local Literary Community (10/3/2014) - This past weekend, two women amazed me with what they created for our local literary community. They launched things that were wholly unreasonable in their scope, are full of risk, but which are resulting in profound resources for readers, writers, and inspiring this community to embrace their own potential. “I Created a Bookstore” You know […]
  • What is Your Creative Capacity? (9/26/2014) - In my guest post for WriterUnboxed.com, I explore the concept of creating more capacity in your life as a writer and creative professional. I also talk about my recent efforts to write my first book; the result so far has been a habit of writing 1,000 words per day. I just reached the 26,000 word […]
  • It’s Later Than You Think (9/19/2014) - This week I received the news that a writer I had been working with recently had passed away. When we began working together, he was already mid-launch of a nonfiction book about international business – the culmination of his years of success as an executive in Fortune 500 companies. His publicist brought me on board […]
  • Two Words to Define Your Career: Custom and Collaborative (9/12/2014) - Your life is custom. It is unique regardless of where you went to school, or how many other people share the same job title as you. No one lives as you have. Likewise, your life is collaborative. No matter how much you have achieved because of your own experience, wisdom, and grit, much of it […]
  • The Success of Starting (9/5/2014) - Many authors and creative professionals I meet express two feelings: They are overwhelmed juggling personal life, professional life, and writing life. They desperately want to feel a sense of momentum in their writing life. I have been launching some new courses recently, and am reviewing feedback from writers who have been through them. Their words […]
  • Getting Help: What I Learned in Hiring & Working With Interns (8/29/2014) - I need help. And let’s face it, we can all use some help. This year I have taken active steps to learn how to better integrate others into the things I am creating. A primary way I have done this is by hiring summer interns. I wrote about the process of finding an intern here, […]
  • Closing the Gap Between Your Taste & the Quality of Your Craft (8/15/2014) - Craft. To me, there is no more foundational of a word to describe the PROCESS of not only becoming a better writer, but becoming better at communicating with and connecting to the world. Craft is a skill set (or series of skill sets) that you hone slowly, often over the course of years. Craft isn’t […]
  • Forgoing the “New and Shiny” (8/8/2014) - I saw something a couple months back, that I can’t get out of my head. It’s something that reminded me of how – too often – we get distracted by the “new and shiny,” forgetting work of skill, craft, and meaning. But, I’ll get back to what that thing was in a moment… I see […]