Are your book ideas original enough?

I wanted to share something that I’ve shared with my students in classes and workshops and with clients one on one for years whenever this idea that they don’t have original ideas comes up. This will prove that your ideas are in fact original enough! I’m going to tell you a little story. You’ve probably…

Read More

Thinking Partners, The Wife of Bath, & Sovereignty

One of my dear friends, who’s also a book client & official “thinking partner,” just finished walking the Cotswold’s Way in England and a leg of the Camino in Spain. She’s been working on her memoir about her pilgrimages, in order to find herself. While walking in England, she shared that they are heading into…

Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Overcoming Writer’s Block

Guest post by Nicholas Rubright: Writer’s block is a common ailment among writers and creative professionals. It can be crippling for any individual who needs to put thoughts on paper. You stare at the screen, and everything that you’ve ever wanted to say is just not there. The words, your ideas, they’re all gone. It’s…

Read More

Give yourself TIME to develop ideas & avoid Writer’s Block

You’ve probably heard of “writer’s block.” It’s a common “thing” in the writer’s world.  In my mind, it’s a myth. There’s really no such thing. We can always write something. It might not be what we want to write, like a chapter in our book or a brilliant blog post.  But every single one of us…

Read More

Demo Day for your Brain (no sledgehammer required)

Do you watch HGTV? I love the house renovation shows, and they all start with “Demo Day.” The show’s host (who’s usually pretty good looking) hands the excited homeowner a sledgehammer and they go to town, tearing down walls, destroying old cabinetry, and finding more and more problems that need fixing. Watching demo day is…

Read More

The Creative Gap

Here’s an encouraging video with Ira Glass’ wisdom to keep going on your creative work. I’ve recently begun painting, and this video absolutely speaks to me about continuing to be able to close the gap between what’s in my head and what I actually create because trust me when I say it’s two TOTALLY different…

Read More

Questions leading to more questions and ultimately, wisdom

There is not only an epidemic/pandemic of virus out there. There’s an epidemic of everyone asking questions, mostly questions along these lines,  “WHY is this happening?” “WHEN can we safely leave our homes?” “WHEN can I go back to work/school/coffeeeeeee with friends?” “WHAT am I supposed to do?!?” And yes, I’ve been asking them too. Especially…

Read More

Comparison

I got together with some of my biz besties yesterday. We were talking about self-care, and one of the ideas that came up was that of comparison – how a healthy attitude should not include comparing ourselves to others. Everyone nodded in agreement, like it’s a bad thing.  I disagreed.  Comparing things and being able to differentiate differences…

Read More

7 Strategies for Breaking Through Creative Blocks

[Originally posted April 2013; updated Jan. 2020] Before we dive into creative blocks, I first want to address the idea of “writer’s block.” I would argue that even though I’m writing a post about it, there’s actually no such thing as “writer’s block.” Here’s why I object to the idea of writer’s block. If I…

Read More