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You Can’t Control Everything — Keep Going

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I changed web hosts and rebuilt my website a month ago. It wasn’t in the plan. Either way, I’d outgrown my original setup and needed to make a change. So I did. Almost immediately, I started having trouble with the new host. The site was offline as much as it was on, and when it went down for two days in my last week with the company (the final day for nearly twelve hours), I knew I...

Motivation: What About the Days When You Don’t Want to Create?

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I tried everything I could to write today. I tried setting my intentions. I wasn’t “in the mood” to write (the most non-justified justification a writer can make), so I figured if I got it out of the way first thing, I’d be less likely to skip it entirely (or come up with more excuses why I could). Except my web host was experiencing an outage. No problem, I wasn’t...

The (Un)Glamorous Life of a Creative

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For most people, when they think about creativity, it conjures up images of exploration and fun and freedom. The day-to-day life of the creative, however, is far less exciting. Case in point, I was studying (it’s how I spend most of my days, not writing frenetically on my typewriter in my upstairs writer’s loft, even though I actually do have an upstairs writer’s loft —...

Your Ego Fears Your Art (Or Why Your Art Is Stupid)

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From David Kadavy’s book, The Heart to Start, “If you start making your art, you’re going to expose your self to discomfort. You’ll have to resist distractions to do the work, you’ll have to struggle through doing work that doesn’t yet meet your standards, and you’ll have to face criticism to make your work better.” And that’s just a few reasons why you’re not creating your art. Still, if you’re...

What’s Holding You Back from Creating Your Art?

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I was reading David Kadavy’s book, The Heart To Start: Win the Inner War & Let Your Art Shine, when I came across this line: “If you’re looking for the heart to start making something, you need to understand what forces hold you back.” Why hadn’t I thought of that? (Seriously, that’s not sarcasm.) We can’t move on to the future or stand confidently in the present, if we’re holding on to our...

But Do You Think You Can Create It?

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When people find out I’m a writer, it often evokes a response like, “I would love to write” or “I have always wanted to write a book.” When I ask why they don’t, I’m met with a hint of embarrassment and, “Oh, I wouldn’t know where to start.” Usually, with a little encouragement and some hard numbers (“If you wrote just 250 words a day, which you could...

Guiding Quote

A house extends skyward.
Like a tiny but proud cathedral,
it wishes to generate the highest
and the best in its inhabitants.
— John Truby

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