Author Mindset

Why I’m dropping my Pen Name

The last year or two has been a complete whirlwind. I never thought my writing, books and blog would get any eyeballs. I thought everything would disappear into oblivion. Sure I’m not selling hundreds of thousands of books but I feel like things are slowly moving forward towards my goals. So anyway I’ve been thinking for a while now of changing everything into my real name, Nicole Cappelleri. My reasons for putting everything in N.C Harley were because of privacy (I was a little shy) and I thought my real name was too long and complicated to spell. So I’ve decided I’m slowly changing everything over. Who knows maybe my […]

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Play the Game, Know the Score

What is the game of ‘Writer’? Learning the craft, reading, blogging, building an audience, building a subscriber list? Working Actively towards your goals with Patience, working consistently, having a long term view, growing and evolving. The Game is probably all of the above and more. Complicated, simple and yet different for everyone. And just when you thought you were two steps forward, you’re three steps back. The Game pauses and waits for us for when we get back to it. We fall down ladders, skip ahead, cheat, steal, win, lose. Still we have to play The Game. Amor Fati – Love your Fate It’s all necessary and part of The Game. […]

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What do you want to do with your life?

What happened in Paris on Friday night was one of the most horrific things I’ve seen. Horrifying for the people involved but also terrifying as any one of us can be targeted anytime anywhere. I don’t want to get political or take away from the victims but one thing I have released is this…. Life is short and I don’t want to spend it doing things I’m not passionate about. I value freedom and creative work and thats the life I want to pursue. So I throw the baton to you….. What do you really want to do with your life? If it is to write or just write one […]

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Overcoming the 10 Biggest Obstacles to Creating

Every day I struggle with the resistance to writing, and every day I lose the struggle … but then I beat the struggle. I lose more often than I win, but I win every day. And that’s what matters. Because we can’t get rid of the resistance to create — whether that’s creating art, starting a business, or writing. The resistance will always come up … but we have to learn how to overcome it, to work with it. Do you face this resistance, and struggle with procrastination? Do you want to create daily, but face difficulty finding focus and fighting off distractions? Let’s talk about creating that habit, and […]

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