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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 […]

5 Steps to Overcoming Writer Regression

5 Steps to Overcoming Writer Regression

December 30, 2013

Editor’s note: this post was originally featured on this blog in 2011. New posts on the C2C will return on January 6th, 2014. … We’ve all had those moments when we’ve felt like we’re taking two steps back, instead of one step forward. For example: you might find that you’ve been loyal to a writing schedule for a whole year and, suddenly, you don’t want to write anymore. You can write, you love to write, but you just don’t want to. So you avoid it. You procrastinate. Or you stop putting in the same amount of effort into your writing that you once did. Nowadays, you’re struggling so much that you can’t help but ask yourself: “How did this happen? I used to be so great at all of this! Now why does it feel like I’m at ‘square one’ all over again? What’s happening?” Answer:  You’re regressing. Regression is probably one of the most frustrating roadblocks in the writing process, because […]

3 Paradigm Shifts to Help Make Pursuing Your Passion More Meaningful

3 Paradigm Shifts to Help Make Pursuing Your Passion More Meaningful

December 9, 2013

Editor’s note: this post was originally featured on this blog in 2011. New posts on the C2C will return on January 6th, 2014. … “Ollin, I love writing. But with all that is going on in the world right now, I’m starting to ask myself: ‘What’s the point?’ Let’s face it, did writing a story save a life or stop an earthquake? I’m struggling with this. Can you help me deal with this issue so I can get back to writing today?” This is the message I am hearing from my readers these days. Now, if you were to go over to another blog they might say: “Woah, my friend. This doesn’t fit into my niche. Sorry. My blog is only about how to build your business. Maybe you should go talk to a priest? Good luck, see ya.” Which would tell you a little bit about how we’ve stuck ourselves into compartmentalizing humanity. We’ve cut up ourselves into halves […]

Don’t Be Afraid To Be Ambitious

Don’t Be Afraid To Be Ambitious

October 7, 2013

“The great danger is not that our hopes are too high and we fail to reach them, it’s that they are too low, and we do.” – Michelangelo “If you are striving to be equal to your destiny and worthy of the possibilities that sleep in the clay of your heart, then you should be regularly reaching new horizons.” – John O’ Donahue Be ambitious. Don’t just seek to write one novel—seek to write fifty, a hundred, a thousand. Why not? Don’t just try to help one person—try to touch the lives of millions. Why not? Don’t just strive for greatness—strive to be legendary. Why not? They say that ambition is an ugly thing. In the wrong hands, I suppose it is, but good people can be just as ambitious in their virtue as much as bad people can be ambitious in their malice. Martin Luther King was ambitious. So were Gandhi and Mother Teresa and Sojourner Truth and Frederick […]

Letting The Wall Rise

Letting The Wall Rise

September 9, 2013

Editor’s note: Read Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3. “What is primary from the standpoint of purpose is the true overall goal. This situation is like people building a house. They have to lay the foundation first, but the foundation is for the house, and the house is for living in.” – Emanuel Swedenborg My old wall. It had a hole in it. So I destroyed it. I tore it down to build it back up again. I started the new wall with a brick. Just a brick. So pathetic, and so small, but so important. That brick grew and grew and the new wall rose and rose. But I was tired. I was spent. Nearly gave up. And then others came to my aid, and I understood that it was not my wall. But our wall. We were rebuilding it together. But now, all of a sudden, the wall rises on its own. Brick by brick. It comes together as if […]

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