Thoughts on what it's like to pursue your dreams--also writing, branding, & identity.

National Novel Writing Month reduced my stress
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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,…
What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up
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What to Do When You Feel Like Nothing is Working

Does this happen to you? You’re doing something new, pursuing a new goal or change and it feels like NOTHING is working. Here are some ways this has shown up for me: I’m pitching or submitting writing all over, but all I hear are crickets…
How branding helps writers and creatives

Why Branding is So Important for Writers and Creatives

One of the most common questions I get from writers and creatives is, "how can branding help me?" There are so many ways, but for brevity's sake let's just look at these few. But first, remember that great personal branding is all about knowing…
Personal branding defined
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Branding is not platform, or marketing. Here's the real definition.

Branding (or personal branding) is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately. It seems that everyone’s talking about it, but only some actually know what it means. If you're one of those who's scratching your head at this jargon, don't worry…
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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What if There's a Refuge Built Right Inside Every Human Being?

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…
internet tips
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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…
how to setup email form on website
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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…