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  • 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 […]
  • New Online Course: “Launch Your Email Newsletter” (8/1/2014) - I was really surprised by the incredible response to last week’s message – so many people reached out to me with their thoughts and challenges in terms of connecting with their audience via email newsletters. I have been developing an email newsletter online course for awhile, but last week’s response made me think: “Dan, you […]
  • How An Email Newsletter Can Help You Engage More Deeply With Your Audience (7/28/2014) - My most recent post for the good folks at WriterUnboxed.com explores the value of email to develop a meaningful connection with your audience. A few key points: Obsess over the “least crowded channels” to reach your ideal audience. Give your fans the OPTION to engage more deeply. Too many people close these doors under false […]
  • The Mindless Robots of Social Media “Best Practices” (7/18/2014) - This is exactly how I feel about so many of the “best practices” for social media that I hear about; they have the right intention, but something goes awry: What you see here is a robot doing EXACTLY as it was programmed to do. And yet, something is lost in translation. Is the garbage can […]
  • Preparing for Success (and finding more time to write) (7/11/2014) - For so many writers and creative professionals, a key challenge they face is feeling stretched beyond their limits: maxed out on time and energy. This leads to a sense of frustration, and begins to encourage them to OVERLOOK opportunities because they are just “trying to get by” with an already burdensome workload. And worse: their […]
  • Who Started It All For Your Creative Spirit? (7/4/2014) - Who started it for you in lighting the fire for your creative spirit? Who is the source – the person (or people) who initially inspired you to write, to create, to push your skills further? Who transcends all others when you consider “the greats?” And how old were you when you discovered them? This is […]
  • What Are Writers Afraid Of? (7/2/2014) - I recently shared a post on WriterUnboxed exploring the things writers fear most. Top of the list: APATHY. That no one cares about what you write. The piece starts with something one author shared with me about their fears: “That I’ll only end up drowning in the sea of online voices. That no one cares. […]
  • Being Proactive vs Reactive in Crafting and Sharing One’s Voice (6/20/2014) - What is VOICE in the life of a writer or creative professional? This is a question that I considered in a workshop yesterday with 5th graders at PS 123 in Harlem, along with author Julie Sternberg. Julie shared the stories behind crafting several of her books, explaining her obsession with the distinct voice of each […]