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 put together.  Maybe as many as all fiction books ever … Continue reading Take Control, Why Positivity Matters

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 goals and work towards them every day, every day that passes is another day closer to what you’ve always wanted, but also another day gone by that you could have worked a little harder, progressed a little more.

I started this blog a little over two and a half years ago on June 8th, 2013, and since then I’ve written 72 posts that have been viewed 18,739 times.  I’ve picked up 2,747 new and amazing followers, quite a few of whom I’ve spoken with to exchange ideas and advice, and many of whom have amazing blogs of their own that I now get to follow.  Since June 8th, 2013, I’ve written 3 books, 11 short stories, and grown a lot as a person and as a writer.  When I started this blog I was just finishing my junior year at Vanderbilt, and when I look back at who I was then, personally and professionally, I feel a little nostalgic and can see just how far I’ve come.

In these past two and a half years I’ve worked hard.  Very hard.  But did I work as hard as I possibly could?  Did I outwork every other aspiring writer out there?

Probably not.

And that’s the point. Continue reading “Outwork Everyone Else”

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, that anybody can learn, that everybody has a story to … Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You About Writing

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 to make yourself happier isn’t all that hard to do … Continue reading Write Well and Be Happy: It’s a Me Monday, Part II

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, and some can simply write in any situation.  I, however, … Continue reading What Do You Listen To As You Write?