Fear Part 3: What Will People Think

Fear Part 3: What Will People Think

One of the fastest ways to get creatively blocked and stalled in your writing is to imagine your audience–a swarm of anonymous readers, ex-partners, and your mom–all judging and jeering from the sidelines. The fear of what people will think is a sneaky, slippery fear because it can muddy the waters of a genuinely beneficial intention: how do I write … Read More

The Trouble With Following Your Passion

Here’s the thing no one ever tells you about your passion. It’s not always obvious. It’s not always right there IN YOUR FACE. It’s not always something you have loved since you were a little kid. And… You may not even be any good at it. Not yet, anyway. First, you have got to start practicing. I was 33 before … Read More

Befriend Your Resistance

::: GUEST POST by Tanya Marquardt • Published Mar 1, 2017 ::: Once I wrote an entire play just to avoid the play I was supposed to be writing. Let me explain. I had pitched a play idea to a company, gotten a commission, outlined a first draft, and because I was in my early twenties with no responsibilities and … Read More

Firewalking Is Like Writing A Book

Valentine’s Day a couple of years ago, I took myself firewalking. Something about it being on Valentine’s Day made it seem like the most appropriate and perfect way to spend the evening. And I was interested in establishing a new love for myself rather than always fulfilling my love needs through a man. I was also recovering from a devastating breakup, … Read More

Fear Part 2: I Have Nothing Valuable To Say

For our second installment of The Fear Series, we’re tackling another doozy. The fear of having nothing of value to say. This fear has underpinnings in self-worth, so if you haven’t read Fear Part 1, it’s worth a review. Having something valuable to say is not about being the smartest person in the room, being liked, or impressing anyone. Those are … Read More

Fear Part 1: I’m not good enough

Fear is the archnemesis of creative work. So often, it’s the thing standing between you and writing your book. And, just our luck, fear manifests in all kinds of forms. So, we’re going to help you face the many-headed hydra with a series of posts designed to put fear in its place beginning with this paralyzing punch to the gut: … Read More

Your Time is Yours

It’s ironic that I’m scheduled to write this blog post this week of all weeks. I am launching a new product; I’m competing in an all-day PitchFest, and; I’m headed out of town for a three-day professional development seminar. It is my busiest time of year, with the New Year spawning all sorts of resolutions from clients new and old to … Read More

See Yourself Writing A Book

You’re scrolling through your newsfeed on Facebook when you see a friend’s post. She has just published a book. Damnit! What a great title! Why didn’t I think of that title? You have mixed emotions. You’re happy for her, but a little sad and a little scared. You’re pretty impressed–man, how did she get that out SO FAST?–and yet you have the strange … Read More