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  • 6 Reasons I Am Pushing Myself Outside of My Comfort Zone With Creative Side Projects (8/21/2015) - This month I have worked on two side projects for large creative agencies in New York City. Today I want to reflect on: The value of working on side projects. What I learned from these creative professionals in the process. The companies were: J. Walter Thompson: Founded in 1864, with a rich history in advertising […]
  • This isn’t easy (8/13/2015) - So my team and I have been trying to figure out how to use Facebook ads effectively, and this past week, we gave up. But perhaps not for the reason you think. YES, we did find it difficult to identify a campaign that met our goals. I have been studying others doing a similar thing, […]
  • Want To Do More Creative Work? Focus On Your Support System. (8/6/2015) - How do you get more creative work done? This is a topic I obsess about — helping creative professionals find a way to do more of the work they love. Today, I want to share three examples of what this looks like, and how it is often counterintuitive. FOCUS ON YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM, NOT HACKS, […]
  • When you say everything, you say nothing. On the value of clarity in sharing your work. (7/30/2015) - We live in a pretty crowded world, right? You feel constantly inundated with messages, ideas, information, and opportunities. If you are a writer, or artist, or musician, or other creative professional, you are probably aware that your ideal audience is inundated as well. Browsing Amazon.com for books, or Etsy.com for art, can make you feel […]
  • Is your voice being heard? Join me in Fearless Work. (7/23/2015) - I understand how difficult it is to make your creative work a priority. You want your voice heard, but it gets drowned out in the process of attending to everyday responsibilities. The result? Your art, your craft, your creative work is left undone. Ignored. Abandoned. I hear this from so many people. Which is why […]
  • Okay, this is something I’m really excited about… (7/10/2015) - My team and I have been working on something I am incredibly excited about. I won’t be announcing it just yet, but I wanted to share a bit of the “why” behind it, and give you a teaser. Every single day I talk to people who are trying to find more time to do their […]
  • Is Your Creative Work Stuck in the Mud? (7/3/2015) - Overwhelmed. Distracted. Treading water. Alone. Frustrated. Stuck. These are terms I hear often from creative professionals trying to gain momentum in their work. Including me. I have wrestled with these challenges as much as any other creative trying to hone their craft, and make a living around it. Too often, we ignore the problem. We […]
  • The Complete List of Creative Distractions and Defenses Against Them (7/2/2015) - Over on Writer Unboxed, I shared a humorous take on a huge problem that affects many creative professionals: distractions. I cover a wide range of distractions, and propose clear tactics to combat them. One example: Distraction: Cleaning Definition: Dust bunnies. You can hear them calling, can’t you? They say, “Dust us! Collect us and deliver […]
  • Are You Preparing For Success, or Merely Protecting Against Failure? (6/19/2015) - Heads up: The deadline to register for my next online course — Get Read: Find and Engage Your Audience — is Monday. If you are a writer hoping to find readers and want to develop a successful plan to launch your book, please check it out.   Many writers and creative professionals aren’t prepared for success. […]
  • The Secret To Getting Your Book on the TODAY Show (6/11/2015) - A writer who had taken one of my courses recently reported something incredible: “Kathie Lee Gifford just shared my first children’s book as her Favorite Thing on TODAY!” Here is a photo: The author is Teri Case, and her book is I’m Going to the Doctor. Teri and I met when she took my online […]