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How To Be More Disciplined

How To Be More Disciplined

November 28, 2016

Editors note: the following post was first published in 2013. New posts return January 2nd 2017. One of the most common questions that I receive from readers has to do with a word that, to be honest, I despise. That word is discipline. People always want to know how to be more disciplined in the writing process and in their lives. They see me and they think I am more “disciplined” than them. I try to explain to them that no, I am not more disciplined than them, and that I simply learned long ago that trying hard to be “disciplined” does not work. I try to explain to them that I am not more disciplined than them, I am simply more devoted. I use my devotion to my passion to motivate me in the long-term, and this deep devotion, in turn, makes me appear more “disciplined.” I think what confuses most people about discipline is that they think that […]

11 Ways To Get Over Feeling Guilty About Following Your Passion

11 Ways To Get Over Feeling Guilty About Following Your Passion

December 29, 2014

Editor’s note: Hey courageous creators, for today’s classic post we go back to 2011, where we talked about how to prevent your guilt from getting in your way. Enjoy!   much love, Ollin … “Ollin, I’m trying to follow my passion, but I feel so guilty about it. How can I overcome the guilt I put on myself?” “Ollin, I’m trying to follow my passion but society/friends/family are making me feel guilty about it. How can I overcome the guilt they are putting on me?” Confession: I am one of the most guilt-ridden people on earth. I feel guilty about not waving back to a stranger who greeted me two weeks ago. That’s how filled with guilt I am. So, yes, I am very familiar with guilt, and what I can say for sure about guilt is that you can’t get rid of it. Those who say you can rid yourself of guilt are wrong. Because guilt, like fear or doubt, is just […]

A Guide To Creating Strong Story Arcs

A Guide To Creating Strong Story Arcs

April 28, 2014

As I work on the story arcs of the many characters in my book, I realized that each fictional character has their neat beginnings and endings. Unfortunately, real-life stories don’t seem to share the same solid foundations as fictional stories.

What To Do When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

What To Do When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

April 21, 2014

In February, I went to a Superbowl party that my friend B was hosting {she throws fabulous parties by the way*}. As always, the straight people were sitting in the living room watching the game, while the girls and the gays {me included} were at the dining table chatting it up. Two of my friends had just finished running a half-marathon, and eventually, they came around to ask me whether or not I was going to eventually run a full marathon or a half-marathon. As you may know, I had just finished running my first 5k in December and we we’re talking about what my next running goal would be. They kept egging me on to join a half-marathon, but I was hesitant to make such a huge leap.

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