Let Us Write

Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the fact that I’ve finished more short stories in five weeks than I have in five years. That’s a bitter root to chew on, but there it …

I Think YOU Can Be A Genius

The saying goes, “Asking the right question is half the answer.”1 There’s a popular misconception of nature-vs-nurture. It’s built into the nomenclature for crying out loud. People bandy it about as if the two terms are constantly opposing forces, each trying to dominate the other. A more accurate way to think about this concept, then, might be to rebrand it …

Believe It or Not, You Have a Choice

Life gives us many choices. Sometimes they may not appear to be there, but they are. Sometimes they are pretty tough, but that doesn’t eliminate their existence. These days, we have more opportunity than ever to achieve our goals and twice that amount of opportunity to distract ourselves. “The cost is too high,” you say. The cost of failure. Of embarrassment. …

One Whole Is Greater Than Three-Thirds

Though written several years ago, I read a great article this morning about three competing projects to build the earth’s largest telescope. It’s heartbreaking, because there were so many opportunities for the scientists involved to come together and pool their resources, but old rivalries and grudges (all the way back to Carnegie and Rockefeller!) have left us all with three expensive, unfinished …

INTJs and the Continuing Theme of Fear

I’ve been published! No, not my fiction. Still cruising the streets of Rejectionville there. But friend, author, writing coach, mom, and all-around-Wonder Woman, Lauren Sapala, asked that I write an article for her popular website. **PSSST** If so inclined, please support Lauren by buying a copy of her highly-rated book… Lauren is an INFJ on the popular MBTI inventory (a lot …

Contemplating Fear

“Our greatest growth spurts happen when we are children risking and daring and falling down and embarrassing ourselves.” – Steve Chandler, Time Warrior If you met me in person, you’d realize that I don’t have a lot to say. It’s not that the thoughts aren’t there. It’s just that they won’t come out of my mouth. Typically, it’s because you’re not …

Tell Your Fears to Go Eat Mud. Play BTFI.

Has the increased level of attention in the years since the show came on made you feel like more of a perfectionist in your writing? Is it more challenging to write now?   Yes! And that doesn’t necessarily just revolve around the show. Although the show may, indeed, be part of it. The books have been enormously successful. I think …

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Sarah, Thank You for Making Me Feel Bad

Sarah Reinersten made me feel bad yesterday and I can’t thank her enough. She reminded me that I’m often not in the right frame of mind. That morning, I chatted with a gym compatriot about my running schedule and how I’ve gotten my mile pace on a 5K run down to around 8:30. I feel that’s still pretty slow (and …

Weekly Recap – June 12th, 2015

It seems silly that typing a bunch of letters should be so scary, but it’s so much more than that, right? Words have meaning, or at least you hope they do. Sometimes they come out wrong. Sometimes they come out offensive, usually unintentionally. Sometimes they reveal things about ourselves that we’d rather not reveal. To be willing to face those fears …

Techniques of the Selling Writer – Fiction Strategy

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain This series of articles assumes you want to write stories and find an audience of loyal readers, who then influence new readers, who then themselves become loyal readers.  You can do that in your sleep, right? In order for us to tackle this, we have …