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How To Stick The Landing

How To Stick The Landing

September 11, 2017

“Calm down Deep breaths And get yourself dressed instead Of running around And pulling on your threads And breaking yourself up If it’s a broken part, replace it If it’s a broken arm, then brace it If it’s a broken heart, then face it And hold your own Know your name And go your own way…” – Jason Mraz  What falls will eventually rise. What rises must eventually take flight. What flies must one day learn to soar… The star must turn supernova, then whittle down into a blackhole. Fall must give way to winter, winter to spring and spring to summer. Everything that begins must have an ending. New horizons, new adventures and new characters await, and one must have the courage to end, as much as one has the courage to begin. These are the last 6 months of Courage 2 Create.  There will be no leaks of spoilers because my life is unfolding at the same pace […]

How To Dream (Without Making Dreams Your Master)

How To Dream (Without Making Dreams Your Master)

September 4, 2017

This blog post originally appeared in 2012. New posts on The C2C return on September 11th, 2017. There are a lot of people who dream about manifesting their creative dreams but never actually sit down to make anything happen. In my opinion, these people aren’t lazy, irresponsible, weak, or cowardly. In my opinion, these are simply people who’ve yet to learn how to dream without making dreams their master. Why We Would Rather Dream Dream Than Actually Live The Dream In his famous poem, “If,” Rudyard Kipling shares several important lessons that he hopes will help his son become successful in life. One of the best parts of the poem is when Kipling tells his son that he should dream but “not make dreams [his] master.” Now, when I first read this line, I had no idea what Kipling meant. But, two years ago, when I finally began to write the novel I had dreamed about writing, I finally understood […]

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, […]

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