How does one become a writer?

I’ve been thinking about this question because as a writing and book coach who works with aspiring or newer writers, I often hear variations of, “I want to write a book/have a book idea, but I’m not a writer.” This, of course, begs the question, how does one become a writer, or what does it…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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How to Deal with Fear When You Let it Lead

A few weeks ago, I wrote about letting joy lead after reading the memoir Fierce Joy. This whole idea made me explore what happens in my life when I let fear lead. It’s been an interesting exercise in feeling the emotions of fear vs. joy in my body and seeing how I respond. I encourage…

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Facing Fear Head On & Blasting Through

This happy 4th of July, when we left for a visit to see our son and some dear friends in Colorado, I was looking forward to a little vacation, helping him get settled in his new apartment, maybe taking a fun hike, and focusing on friends and family. And that’s what we did. We spent…

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9 Strategies to Enhance Your Creativity and Break Through Blocks

School is all about rote memory, conformity, and following the rules. But when we’re immersed in a world of testing and non-creativity, how do we develop some of our creative skills? We work at it. In fact, creativity is more about working really hard and dedicating ourselves to some sort of creative pursuits than waiting…

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