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inspiration is for amateurs
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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.…
A strong place inside you
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Untouched Soul

This week I listened to an episode of the On Being podcast that made me reconsider how we humans survive trauma or hardship. Krista Tippett’s interview with poet John O’Donohue was profound. I found myself rewinding and replaying segments…
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What to Do When Trolls Attack

We live in a new era, one in which anyone can say anything online with often without consequences. Heck, even our “Commander in Chief” knows that. But what do you do if YOU are the subject of an online attack? I’ve managed social media…
stop wondering what to do with your life
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Stop Wondering What to Do with Your Life

Last year my daughter, then a junior in high school, was having serious anxiety over impending college doom. See, nowadays they put an insane amount of pressure on kids to decide what they want to do for a career, pick a four-year school, and…
More readers for your book launch
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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…
what makes you irresistible
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You're Irresistible, You Just Don't Realize It

Everyone has that special something that makes them oh-so-attractive to the right people. Sure there are the folks that are attractive to just about everyone, but I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about us--the everyday people who…
wonder woman
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Why Wonder Woman's Naïveté is Important (for Everyone)

“She was too naïve.” I’ve heard this complaint from so many friends, even my daughter, after watching the new Wonder Woman movie. I get it. It was uncomfortable to see this powerful woman completely unaware of her power, sexuality, and…
best-selling-authors-JK Rowling, Elizabeth Gilbert, Neil Gaiman, Maya Angelou
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Nine Traits of Astonishingly Successful Authors

In a market of ideas, why do some take off while others don’t? Why do some authors have mega status while others continue plodding on in obscurity, or with only moderate success? The literary market fascinates me. There's this vast ocean…
artist sitting on the street with paintings behind
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Make Money from Your Art: The Ethos of the Starving Artist

There's this unspoken longsuffering ethos in the literary world that writers must suffer for their craft, always look at their work as inadequate; and be relentless in their pursuit of the grand art of it all. And the ultimate reward for this…
Low Information Diet
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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…
Charity
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7 Great Non-profits to Donate to on #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday and there are so many charities to give to.  How do you choose? I think we all must give with our own heartstrings in mind.  What causes pull at you? My personal top picks: Someone Cares Soup Kitchen My family…
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