Endurance is more important than talent

This is WAAAY More Important than Being Talented

Don't feel bad if you're one of those insanely talented people, I have good news for you. It doesn't matter. ;) As a kid, I had a natural propensity for art and drawing, writing, and make believe, but things like math and sports (or any physical…
decision fatigue robs your creativity

Decision Fatigue is Robbing Your Creativity. Here's What to do About it.

Decision Fatigue Can Rob Your Creativity Have you heard of capsule wardrobes? Or entrepreneurs who eat the same exact thing for breakfast every day? There’s a reason they’re doing this. And I’ve totally been resisting it. But I think…
not letting failure define you

I'll Do Well Anyway: How to Not Allow Failure to Define You

There's a blurry video from 1986 making its rounds on Instagram lately. ​Have you seen that old video clip of Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes interviewing Oprah? In December of '86 The Oprah Winfrey show had just launched and our beloved icon…
create every day. teach everything you know.

Stop Worrying Whether You're Enough.
Try These Two Things.

​There are two stickers in my office that I received at last year's Craft + Commerce conference which say, "Create Every Day" and "Teach Everything You Know." I find these two mottos so important to how we writers and creatives establish…

What to Do When You Have to Wait for Success

In Seth Godin’s latest book What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn) he talks about how the radical cultural and economic changes of the past 10-20 years have created room for a very different type of work to emerge.…
Finding Your Voice in Writing

The Most Important Element of Your Writing Style & How to Find It

Sounding Like "You" “This is good Mom, but it doesn’t sound like you,” my son told me one afternoon, after reading an essay draft I had just shared with him. “Yeah.” My daughter nodded from her spot on the couch. I gulped…
how to give your book or creative work its best shot at succeeding

How to Give Your Creative Work its Best Shot at Success

Your book, service, art, or product–should you choose to share it with the world–deserves its best shot at success. Don’t forget that. One of the most common questions I get is, “Do I need to have a brand or online presence before…
National Novel Writing Month reduced my stress

How Doing #NaNoWriMo is Actually Reducing My Stress

I hemmed and hawed about whether to participate in National Novel Writing Month this year. The idea of this challenge--writing a 50,000 word novel in a month--has always appealed to my overachiever side, but I’ve never pulled the trigger,…
inspiration is for amateurs

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.…
Low Information Diet

Free Your Creativity with a Low Information Diet

I'm one of those people who naturally wants to do 4.5 million things almost all the time. Life is full of possibilities and opportunities and, let's face it, there's never been a time when so much information has been so available. Did I mention…