We have been living in our house for about six years now, and I have never seen grasshoppers on our porch until the past couple weeks. It started with one a few days ago that my daughter noticed on the bottom of my shoe (my legs were crossed, so my foot was in the air).
The girls were curious about the grasshopper and wanted to touch it and watch it. They wanted to know what he was doing, where he was going, and what he eats. Then my oldest wanted to put him in a jar with some food so he could hang out with us inside. She got an absolute “no” on that one.
He eventually hopped onto the patio sofa and then the wall behind me. The girls pulled up chairs and watched him hopping up the wall, pausing, and then hopping again. They got bored and played a little longer. An hour later, he was on the ceiling. Continue reading
Have you ever noticed that when you have a rough day, you just don’t feel like writing? Maybe you sit down at your desk and push yourself anyway. If you actually type anything though and don’t end up tossing your laptop against the wall, when you go back later and read it, is it any good?
There is a good reason for this. You are in the wrong energy for writing.
When you aren’t in the flow of your best energy, then you aren’t going to write like you. It can feel forced, frustrated, angry. And worst of all, when you read it later, that energy shines through. You don’t want to read it, and no one else will either.
The best thing you can do is to actually put yourself in the mood for writing. Continue reading
Do you ever look around and think, “Only famous people get their books published?” or “No one is going to buy my books. Why bother?”
Or maybe you’ve been thinking about stepping outside of your comfort zone to tell your personal story or share your expertise. But then you recall that another expert might put you in your place. What if your ideas are wrong?
Every writer has thoughts like these from time to time. But are they completely true?
Fear of failure can keep people from writing their books. No one likes to look stupid, so we hesitate when confronted with thoughts about being unable to publish, unable to sell, or unable to compete with others in our industry.
So what’s the truth? Continue reading
Last Friday, I participated in a great talk with my mastermind group about creativity and problem solving. We are all creative in some way, even if it isn’t with a paint brush or a piano keyboard. Looking at problem solving as a creative activity really expanded what we consider to be creative, and it gave me a whole new perspective on how people work around writer’s block.
We talked about “hitting the wall” as a general term for when we no longer have creative momentum in our businesses, which is frequently writer’s block for us writers. It happens to people in all industries. Sometimes, it’s difficult to come up with new products, slogans, solutions, or paths to explore. We all feel burnt out and need to refuel. Continue reading
This past weekend, I went to a three-day women’s retreat for leadership and business. Each of the five women who went spoke on a topic that would resonate with the group, all of us being entrepreneurs. I talked about how to write about yourself, for bios or about pages, because so many people have confessed to being stressed by just thinking about it. One of the other women talked about a book called The One Thing, and ideas from that book have permeated my thoughts since.
Watering it down (a lot): the author states that we should focus on one thing and do it well. Naturally, I was conflicted. Part of my job is to advise people on how to write books, and most of those people are doing multiple things, not just one. Stolen moments away from work, housework, friends, and family are usually how we cobble together a novel.
How can we expect to write to the best of our ability if we should truly focus on “one thing”? Continue reading
How do you get inspired?
That’s a pretty broad question, but it’s one that I think a lot of writers hear. We are mysterious creatures, and the masses want to know how we tick.
For me, the answer varies by the day, and the impetus waxes and wanes with the source of inspiration. The strongest source by far, though, is reading. When I read other stories, it makes me want to participate in the global discussion, the call from literature that draws forth our imaginations. Authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, H. Rider Haggard, Salman Rushdie, Christopher Paolini, Neil Gaiman, and others fuel my fantastic thoughts, sending me on journeys across ‘scapes that only belong in the artist’s brain or in the pages of a novel.
As a busy mom and entrepreneur, though, finding time to read a book that doesn’t have cartoons of princesses and funny animals across the pages is pretty rare, so typically, that’s not where I get inspiration anymore.
So what stirs my imagination now? Three main things: clever movies, personal experience and other writers. Continue reading
Over the last few days, I developed a blog post for a fellow writer’s blog. I spent more time on it than I do for my own blog, which is funny to me, but I wanted to make sure it was appropriate for her audience and essentially didn’t let her down. I also have been listening to webinars in the afternoon (every afternoon, yikes!) about developing online courses, which I’m very excited about. Consequently, though, my creative juices were waning, and when I sat down to write this week’s blog, I was greeted with crickets. Continue reading