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  • 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 […]
  • Double down, with vigor (9/16/2016) - Every day I work with people who are actively pursuing their creative vision. They are writing books, making art, launching businesses and crafting ideas. I’ll bet that’s you. But if you are like many people I speak with, you struggle to find the time and energy to make it happen. You are juggling so many […]
  • Getting it done (9/9/2016) - So many writers I have spoken to recently have mentioned something like, “I bought three courses I haven’t even had time to take yet.” Most creative professionals I know feel inundated with webinars, with tips from blog posts, with podcasts, and yes, courses that promise that you can “achieve your goals twice as fast with […]
  • Why we share (9/2/2016) - This past week I was blindsided by the death of someone I followed on YouTube. He was only 40 years old, had no known medical issues. He died suddenly in his sleep. What I have found is that I have been going through the grieving process, for someone I have never met, and would never […]
  • Invest in people and experiences (8/19/2016) - Too often, to push our work forward, we consider investing in tools and resources. Maybe it’s an application, a new piece of equipment, or a learning resource such as an online course. Today, I want to encourage you to instead invest in experiences and other people. I started the thread of this conversation last week, […]
  • Create experiences, not data (8/12/2016) - The measure of our success cannot always be counted in raw data; rather, it should be felt in the depth of experiences we create. If you are a writer, that experience may be the one that a reader feels when reading your book. It may also be the countless silent ways they think about your […]