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  • 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) - Heads up: today is the last day to register for my three-month Creative Shift Mastermind. Join me to get total clarity around your creative work, build the habits you need, and the support system to keep you going. More info here. I’ve noticed something being talked about by some very successful writers and artists: blogging. […]
  • 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 […]
  • From Working at Outback Steakhouse to Acting With Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – an Interview with Jason Liles (8/24/2017) - Something happened this week that stunned me. On a whim, I decided to reach out to an old friend, and invite him as a guest on my podcast. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect from this. When I met him nearly 10 years ago, he was young, in his early 20s, and we met […]
  • “Not only does it not get any easier, it actually gets harder.” My Interview with Author Dani Shapiro (8/17/2017) - There has been a quote ringing in my head for awhile now: “Not only does it not get any easier, it actually gets harder.” That is from Dani Shapiro, reflecting on on the desire that nearly every writer and artist has. When you are working so hard to try to create work you can be […]
  • The moment everything changed (8/10/2017) - So many writers and artists I speak to strive to do their work full-time — to be able to spend their days on their craft and developing an audience around it. I was considering the moment when everything changed for me… when it became possible for me to work full-time on my own, to spend […]
  • Nurture the artist inside you – an interview with Samantha Hahn (8/3/2017) - Samantha Hahn is a Brooklyn-based illustrator, creative director, and author. If you are someone who wants to pursue your creative vision, while also earning a living and raising a family, then you have to listen to what Samantha shares. I was blown away by how she balanced so many practical aspects of developing her career […]
  • Finding fulfillment and success as a creative professional — an interview with Elise Blaha Cripe (7/27/2017) - How do you forge your own path to success with your creative work? Today, I talk to Elise Blaha Cripe, who tells us how she turned a blog into platform, a podcast, and a series of products that has helped her thrive. But more than that, I was blown away by her reflection on what […]
  • “Whatever you are doing, be fully engaged in it.” – an interview with Jake Parker (7/20/2017) - There was a moment in illustrator and cartoonist Jake Parker’s career, where this is what he, his wife and five children faced: “There was a summer there where we had no money. We went through savings. We had some food storage we saved for when times get hard, and we were like, “Let’s break out […]
  • “Risk is terrifying, but it is critical to finding success as an artist.” An interview with Tammy Greenwood (7/13/2017) - If you are a writer hoping to craft a career as an author, you are going to LOVE today’s story. I recently chatted with novelist Tammy Greenwood, who shared with me the harrowing journey to getting her 12th novel published. She and I last spoke a couple years back, in an interview titled “The “Terrifying […]
  • Making a living, while keeping the creative process pure – an interview with Jay Alders (7/5/2017) - How do you earn a full-time living as an artist, while raising three kids, and navigating through a failed business venture? Today we find out. Jay Alders is a professional artist, whose paintings, design work, and photography embodies the surf culture. But that alone is not what inspired me to interview him for the podcast. […]
  • Making a creative shift (6/30/2017) - Earlier this month, I quietly relaunched my podcast, sharing the stories of how successful creative professionals have made a shift in their lives and careers. The first three new episodes are now live: “I saw this as a reinvestment in myself” – an interview with author-illustrator Lori Richmond “I want to celebrate what we are […]
  • “Do you want to read a book, or do you want to have written a book?” – an interview with KJ Dell’Antonia (6/24/2017) - KJ Dell’Antonia made a huge shift in her career, giving up her career as a lawyer and New York City prosecutor to becoming a full-time writer. She became a columnist and contributing editor for the New York Times‘ Well Family page, amongst many other writing credentials. In this interview, we dig into the specific ways […]