7 Steps to Developing a Reliable Writing Habit

7 Steps to Developing a Reliable Writing Habit

Perhaps you fancy yourself a writer, but as much as the activity calls to you, you’re not fulfilling the first dictum of being a writer: writers write. What’s up with that? We could dig deep into analyzing the causes of your avoidance, perhaps uncovering some limiting...
Why You Write and Why You Don’t

Why You Write and Why You Don’t

Fall is the season when many writers I know take on a crazy little challenge called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This is the contest that asks writers to pen a 50,000-word work in the month of November. This October, I’m providing a prep series to help...
Why Every Entrepreneur Should Write a Book

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Write a Book

Have you ever had the thought maybe I should write a book? I think it’s a great impulse, especially if you are an entrepreneur. Writing a book is no small feat, but there are a lot of wonderful reasons for you to take up the challenge. Here are six of them: 1) To...
Inspiration and Desperation at a Writer’s Conference

Inspiration and Desperation at a Writer’s Conference

Warning: Harsh realities and cruel myths ahead. I recently attended the Willamette Writer’s Conference. I find these conferences to be an odd mix of inspiration and desperation. Inspiration in that they can get you focused on the possibilities, get you swept up in the...
The One Way to End Self-Sabotage

The One Way to End Self-Sabotage

When I speak to people about self-sabotage, most everyone seems to relate to this frustrating, self-destructive behavior. Maybe you too are aware of your own patterns of self-sabotage, or maybe your saboteur works in more subtle ways. The Mark of the Saboteur The...
For those disinclined to set goals…

For those disinclined to set goals…

The idea of setting goals makes me want to shrivel up. Perhaps that’s because I’m what Gretchen Rubin describes as a “Questioner.” According to her typology, Questioners are motivated by inner expectations but not outer ones. The problem with setting goals is that...