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Inspiration is for Freakin’ Amateurs

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.” -Chuck Close I realize this is a funny thing to say given that my work is largely infused with inspiration/motivation, but you'll see what I'm really getting at.…
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How to Get Readers to Actually Remember You

Being a professional writer is only half about writing that book, or screenplay (or whatever your big project is). The other half is actually getting someone to read your work. When I first started writing, a friend and I went to a day-long…
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How to Set Up an Email Sign Up on Your Website

For personal brands, I usually recommend either of these two email marketing service providers: ConvertKit and MailChimp. They each have their strengths and only you can choose the right one for your needs. Both email marketing providers…
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Nine Traits of Astonishingly Successful Authors

A Note: This post was originally published in 2017, before JK Rowling's problematic stances on gender and trans people and before I was aware of how classist and misogynistic some of Stephen King's opinions are too. Although I want to make it…
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Just Write

"There's a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don't, and the secret is this:  It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write.  What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance." I've just dipped…
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What Fear Looks Like

Warning:  What follows is very raw, unpolished and deeply personal.  I cried as I wrote this.  I'm sharing it with you because I want you to know there is freedom from what holds you back right now.  And, maybe just maybe, if I show you…