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Alexander Hamilton And The Magical Power Of Mixing Ideas

Jen and I are obsessed with the musical "Hamilton". I'm listening to it as I write this post. I listen to it all the time. I wake up at 3:00 AM and I have song lyrics dancing around in my head. I listen to it with my kids as I drive around in our minivan (yes, I realize that listening to a...

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Why You MUST Shut Down Your Inner Critic

One of the biggest things that stops people from writing is there inner critic. You know what I'm talking about. That small, crusty, curmudgeonly voice that tells you what you're writing is crap. The moment you sit down to scribble out some words, your inner critic is over your shoulder,...

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6 Tools To Help You Fight Against The Powers Of Digital Distraction

In 2010, author Jonathan Franzen made the following somewhat profound comment: It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction. While I don't completely agree with this statement - at times the Internet can be quite useful for writing - I deeply...

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The Incredible Power Of 500 Words Per Day

Most people are massively intimidated at the thought of writing a book. How could I possible write something that large? I don't have time to write! I'm just so busy! It would probably take me years and years to write a book. And I get it. Really. After writing a bunch of books, I've come...

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Unleashing The Power Of Creative Routines

In the "Write Your Book" course, I constantly advocate for creating creative routines. Without routine, it's very difficult to make significant progress on a book manuscript. In fact, I dedicated an entire session to creating creative habits, which you can watch here. With that in mind, I...

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Are You Depriving People Of Your God-Given Gifts?

I’ve heard people say that their ideas aren’t original enough. That they don’t want to start a creative project until they have something really good and really profound. Something that will blow people out of the water. Something that will revolutionize the world for years to come. But come...

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If not NOW, then WHEN?

I get it. There are lots of reasons why you haven’t started that novel or blog. Things have been busy lately. Really busy. You don’t have the free time right now. I mean, with the kids, the job, season 2 of LOST, and all the housework, it’s just not a good time. Once things slow down then...

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How To Overcome The Fear Of Doing Creative Work

Creative work involves risk. If we start something but don’t finish it, we look bad. If we finish something and it’s terrible quality, we look really bad. Nobody likes to look bad. Nobody wants to be known as the guy who writes really lame action novels or paints absolutely awful watercolors....

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Ira Glass Giving Absolutely BRILLIANT Advice To Creatives

Ira Glass is the creator of the This American Life podcast, which is one of my favorites. He is an absolutely BRILLIANT creator, and this is one of my favorite quotes by him. This advice is so relevant to writers. If you have been dreaming of writing a book, I'd love to have you join me...

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Stop Trying To Be So Original, and Start Writing!

One of the things that often stops someone from writing is the fear that they won't be original enough. I just don't have an idea that's creative enough. When I finally have a truly creative, original idea, then I'll get down to the business of actually writing my book. No one wants to...

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