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Are You Working in a Winning Creative Environment

Are You Working in a Winning Creative Environment

Every day you sit down to write. Familiar surroundings, sounds, timing, lighting. A drink by your keyboard. Your phone turned off or at least flipped over. Your fingers hover over the keyboard. Your mind ready to work. Everything is familiar. You’ve been successful at writing in this environment before—you’ll be successful at producing another great…

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Forget About It, No Really, You’ve Forgotten About It

Forget About It, No Really, You've Forgotten About It

“Give it to me,” I rumbled under my breath. “Give you what?” he sincerely responds. “You know what,” I say accusing, growling lightly. “Really, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he innocently shrugs. “Quit screwing with me! You had it this morning! You even told me you had it!” I pleaded, trying to call…

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Is Blogging Ruining My Best Selling Novel?

So I have this Best Selling Novel. Okay, half of it’s in my head and the other half is residing on my laptop. Let’s just say I have half of a Best Selling novel. The half that’s mired in my head spends the day tumbling around with a number of my Viral Blogs. Okay, the…

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What Do You Do When It’s Quiet

What Do You Do When It's Quiet

Do you fear the quiet? Does your mind daydream. Do you dream of possibilities Or are you chased by your fears? Does the quiet push you into the darkness Or do you embrace it in a symbiotic sway? Does the lack of stimuli play havoc on our psyche Or is it a welcome peace from…

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Sweet Success: One For You and One For Me

Willy Wonka

Have you ever read about someone’s writing success and then went on to find out that they are sleeping four hours a night, getting up at 3 a.m. to write, writing all day and into the night, losing touch with reality, being published in every possible clique-noteworthy publication, writing thousands of words a day…ughhhhh…stop the…

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Perfection is the Antagonist of Creativity

Perfection is the Antagonist of Creativity

Perfection challenges your worth. Creativity finds value in our individuality. Perfection stifles you from putting your thoughts into the ether. Creativity allows voice to go beyond logic. Perfection traps your song in your head. Creativity allows our song to be heard by others. Perfection judges others and concerns itself with the world’s view. Creativity invites…

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Could Someone Please Tell Me, “Am I a Writer, Yet?”

Could Someone Please Tell Me, "Am I a Writer, Yet?"

How do you know when you’ve become a writer? When have you earned this social badge? Is it when… Own a blog. Written several blog posts. Written a blog post on another venue. Keep a daily journal. Have an idea for a novel. Started a novel. Started two novels. Started three novels. Have another brilliant…

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You’re the Best Representative of Your Own Personal Brand

You’re the Best Representative of Your Own Personal Brand

On our way home from running a few errands, my wife and I stopped at Walmart to pick up a couple critical grocery items—like Oreos, you know, the critical stuff. Walking by the electronics section, there were two cable television sales representatives chatting and laughing with each other, oblivious to the foot traffic around them.…

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I’m Going Crazy and You’re Probably Already There

I'm Going Crazy and You're Probably Already There

The endless pursuit of writing ideas sometimes turns into an overwhelming attempt to capture every tidbit of information that flows through your eyes and ears. The result can be sheer and utter madness! Life used to be so simple before I started spending time writing. The daily need for subject ideas sends my left eye…

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