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for August, 2017

How to Balance Work, Life, Blogging and Your Passion

How to Balance Work, Life, Blogging and Your Passion

August 31, 2017

Editors note: this post was first featured on the blog “Mystery Writing Is Murder” in October 2011. New posts on The C2C return September 11th, 2017. Everyone’s telling you you’ve got to write that novel and stop putting it off.  Everyone’s telling you that you’ve got to stop wasting your time watching Desperate Housewives already and start dedicating that time to building your author platform.  Everyone’s telling you that you can’t be irresponsible–you’ve got to pay those bills.  Everyone’s telling you that you have to have a social life. (Where else are you gonna get that inspiration for your novel, anyway?)Everyone’s telling you to do all of this, but what you can’t help thinking to yourself is: “YEAH, BUT HOW? HOW CAN I JUGGLE ALL OF THESE THINGS ALL AT ONCE?” I know your pain. Today, writers—and everyone else for that matter—are being asked to balance so much. Along with balancing work, life, blogging and our passions, we got to […]

How To Infuse Your Creativity With Spirit

How To Infuse Your Creativity With Spirit

August 28, 2017

This blog post originally appeared in 2012. New posts on The C2C return on September 11th, 2017. Infusing your writing with spirit is a very underestimated but very valuable skill. You may be aware of writers and bloggers who infuse their writing with spirit every day, but you haven’t been aware that this is what they’re doing. The lively spirit that exists in these blogs is part of the secret of their success. The question is: how can you do the same? What Do You Mean By “Spirit”? Spirit is simply your life force: it is the energy that you carry with you on a daily basis. It’s true that the word “spirit” can often be a loaded word, but please know that I’m not speaking of religion. (Personally, I am not affiliated with any religion.) I’m specifically speaking of an energy force. We all know spirit when we see it. Some people can walk in and out of a […]

6 Ways To Heal Your Heart And Become Infinitely More Creative

6 Ways To Heal Your Heart And Become Infinitely More Creative

August 24, 2017

This blog post originally appeared in 2012. New posts on The C2C return on September 11th, 2017. Most people don’t recognize how debilitating emotions can be to the writing process. But, whether we’d like to admit it or not, writers are human beings. Emotions are just part of our biological makeup and they do, on occasion, get us seriously stuck. We ALL get sad, frustrated, angry, or depressed sometimes. It’s perfectly natural. But having feelings doesn’t make us weak or incapable writers—it just makes us human writers. 6 Ways to Hack Into Your Emotions and Become Infinitely More Creative If strong emotions are getting in the way of your writing, then I recommend the following seven methods for hacking into those emotions in order to become infinitely more creative: 1. Write Out The Emotion Open a new document on your computer and write out what you’re feeling in this new document. Please, let it all out: the anger, the frustration, […]

4 Ways To Hack Into Your Thoughts And Become Infinitely More Creative

4 Ways To Hack Into Your Thoughts And Become Infinitely More Creative

August 21, 2017

This blog post originally appeared in 2012. New posts on The C2C return on September 11th, 2017. What if I told you that the biggest threat to your writing is not your lack of passion, your lack of creativity, or your lack of skill? What if I told you that the biggest threat to your writing is… your mind? That’s right. Your mind is the biggest obstacle standing between you and all the work you are trying to accomplish. Our mind is often the one that needs the most convincing that our writing is worthwhile. This is because our mind is hard-wired to protect us from any possible danger. You see, in order to protect us, our mind initially perceives anything it encounters as a threat—including your writing. If this sounds strange, and kind of primitive, as if your mind is trying to protect you from a tiger hiding behind a tree in a jungle—then you’re absolutely right. Your mind […]

There’s No Day But Today

There’s No Day But Today

August 17, 2017

Editors note: this post was originally featured in 2014, new blog posts on The C2C return September 11th, 2017. Right now, before you, there is a blank page. I know, the first thing you think of is the page before it: the one you wrote all over. The one with all the mistakes and the awkward moments. That last page isn’t as perfect as you would wish it. It’s got all these scraggily lines and missing parts and strange tangents. The first thing you want to make with your new, blank page is something better in relation to that last page. But don’t do that. Because then the blank page you write today will be reacting to the page before it. And, remember, this is a new page. It’s meant to be new. It can’t be a reaction to what came before it, it has to stand on its own. What To Write On That Blank Page The second cold instinct is to write something […]