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  • A little bit of joy (1/13/2017) - A friend of mine told me how she is expanding her art business by placing her illustrations on new products, such as notepads or mugs. But she had a concern: “I’m not inspired by making more stuff the clutter the world.” I asked her about her experiments with notepads, and she explained how people loved […]
  • Coping with negativity (1/6/2017) - Something I have been thinking about this week is how negativity clouds positivity in your creative work. Let’s say you are an author, and 1,000 things are going well for you: you have a good writing habit, you are working on publishing your book, you are slowly developing an audience, and you feel that your […]
  • What is your creative intention? (12/30/2016) - The older I get, the more often people tell me how quickly time passes. They bemoan how fast this year flew by, as if their dreams are slipping away because time is speeding up. They tell me that I will blink and my 6 year old will be 18, as if the things we care […]
  • Join me (12/16/2016) - I have 5 slots open for a personal mastermind with me, and I want to tell you about it. This is a tiny group — 15 people total — and is 100% focused on engagement (with me, and with others in the group.) It’s called the Creative Action Mastermind, and it runs from January 1st to […]
  • Finding focus to create more (12/9/2016) - If you are a writer or creative professional who works on your craft at home, I want to share my best advice on how to do so. I want to help you find more focus amidst the many distractions you face every single day. This is everything I have learned through: Working from home full-time […]
  • Invest in white space (12/1/2016) - If you want more time and energy to focus on your writing and creative work, then this post is my best advice on how to do so. Too often, we invest in things. We seek to add more to our lives, not less. We convince ourselves that this new app, this new course, this new […]
  • Helping lasts (11/18/2016) - My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently. Today, I want to reflect on what lasts… what it means to commit to creating something. And how, in the process, something is gained that can’t be found in any other way. There are no shortcuts, no hacks, no stand-ins for it. Here are my parents on […]
  • Finding clarity (instead of distraction) (11/11/2016) - Whenever I speak to a writer or creative professional, the one thing I always try to help with is this: Clarity. There is so much distraction nowadays. Some is the nature of an increasingly interconnected world. Some is self-inflicted, such as our own desire to check email before bed, or to check Facebook (which can […]
  • I am in a book! (11/4/2016) - This week was the release of the book Author in Progress, for which I contributed an essay. If you are working on a book or other creative project, today I want to share some observations of what I have learned in the process of releasing this book. Let’s dig in… Collaborate Publishing a book is […]
  • 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 […]