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Creative Joy, Writing

20 Inspirational and Surprisingly Useful Quotes on Writing

October 19, 2015

Writing can be a lonely process and, left to our own devices, our minds can run amok with self-doubt, second-guesses, and the sense that we are the only ones feeling this way (never true). I certainly appreciate a little inspiration and encouragement from time to time. With that in mind, here are some of my favourite quotes on writing. These light a fire in the best kind of way, and also contain some excellent advice about the craft and mindset in general… Continue Reading…

Creative Joy, Writing

Struggling to Find Your Voice? How to Sound More Genuine

August 5, 2015

One of the biggest struggles I’ve experienced as a writer, and seen writer clients struggle with too, is communicating in a way that feels engaging but genuine. When we start writing in earnest, or return after a break, it can feel disorientating to read our words and think “Who wrote this?” because it doesn’t sound remotely like us—or how we want to sound.

And this doesn’t just apply to writing. You might also struggle to “find your voice” when it comes to design, branding, crafting, or any other creative pursuit. Continue Reading…

Action & Momentum, Creative Joy, Entrepreneurship, Writing

Too Many Ideas? How to Decide What to Focus on First.

July 22, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about overcoming analysis paralysis and today I’m following up with another decision-based post: what to do when you have too many ideas and don’t know which one to choose.

I love coming up with new ideas—so many, that executing them all is impossible. Over the last few years, I’ve started to become more discerning about which ideas I see through, which ideas I save for later, and which I trash entirely.This is still very a much a work in progress, but along the way I’ve developed a set of criteria I find helpful for deciding which ideas to focus on first. Continue Reading…

Writing

5 Useful Podcasts for Indie Authors Who Want Passion & Profit

July 17, 2015
5 useful podcasts for indie authors and self-published writers

I’m obsessed with podcasts on self-publishing. It’s an ever-evolving field so it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest developments. Writing can also be a lonely pursuit at times. Hearing someone else talk about their ups and downs, and struggles and celebrations motivates me to keep going. There are several great podcasts for indie authors that tick these boxes for self-employed writers. Here are my favourites:

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Creative Joy, Entrepreneurship, Writing

Starting a new blog? Here’s how to rock that awkward first post…

June 24, 2015

So you’re starting a new blog. The site is up and it’s time to write your very first post. The post that’s going to introduce you to the world. The first thing people are going to see when they land on your new blog. The post that is going to leave people wanting more or ensure they never come back.

#pressure

The first couple of posts on any new blog can feel mighty awkward. Even if you’re an experienced blogger with several previous projects under your belt, starting a new site can leave you feeling like a beginner all over again. Despite the fact I’ve been blogging since 2010 and wasn’t expecting to feel like a fumbling newbie with this site, I found myself a little stumped when faced with the single “Hello, World!” post.

I realised that I needed to find a way to get around this feeling if I was going to create momentum, and I needed to find a way ASAP. Here’s what I came up with:

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