Tag: motivation

Take Control, Why Positivity Matters

For some reason, 2017 seemed to churn out almost as many self-help / positive thinking / motivation focused books as it did detective thrillers.  Ok… wait… that isn’t impressive enough… Maybe it churned out almost as many as the entire mystery genre combined.  One second… think bigger…  Maybe it produced as many as all fiction books

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Outwork Everyone Else

It’s January 25th, 2016, which means that we’re almost 1/12 of the way through a brand new year.  To a lot of people it may seem like the year has just gotten started, but to me it already feels like it’s flying by.  The reason it’s flying by is because when you have long term

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What They Don’t Tell You About Writing

Who are they?   They can be anyone – commencement speakers, mentors, authors at writing conferences, motivational coaches, life experts.  They help inspire us.  They tell us what we can do with our lives, with our writing.  Their words are sweet and move us to action.  They tell us that anybody can be a writer,

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Write Well and Be Happy: It’s a Me Monday, Part II

If you’re a happier person, your work will be better.  If work is good, you’ll be a happier person.  Well, crap, right?  That seems like a pretty closed loop.  But what if you aren’t as happy as you’d like to be, and your work isn’t as good as you wish it was? Doing little things

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What Do You Listen To As You Write?

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the magic of coffee.  Today I want to touch on the second motivational tool that makes my writing world tick.  Music. I know that not every writer listens to music while they write – some prefer silence, some prefer listening to the hum of activity around them,

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The Magic of Words

Proof that even fictional characters can give us the inspiration and wisdom we need to keep on dreaming. Every word, phrase, chapter, or series we create is a little piece of magic.


Because coffee really deserves it’s own post. The delicious dark drink does seem a little more magical than most.  Most sources will tell you that the average cup of coffee has 100 mgs of caffeine.  What they won’t tell you is that it also has 500 mgs of motivation and 200 mgs of bravery –

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Has it Been a While?

What happens to your writing – actually, what happens to any of your projects or ambitions – when you’ve been away for a while? So you’ve been busy – too much homework, too much partying, too much… Netflix? The rust sets in, you become complacent, you keep telling yourself you’ll do it tomorrow. I know,

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Writing Is Scary…

…and it’s just so damn hard to sit down and do. Why is that? It’s hard for the same reason doing any piece of real work is hard. People have this misconception that writing is easy because all you have to do is sit on your computer and type a bunch of words in a

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