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Procrastination is not your enemy and here’s why

Procrastination seems to be every writers or creatives biggest enemy. Everyone talks about it. Writers blog about it. Endless books have been written about the subject. It’s considered widely to be the evil we need to get rid of now or in 30 days. I happen to disagree. It’s not evil and it is in fact part of the creative process. It has taken me years to accept procrastination. It’s usually my down time. My lead up to doing important work and its also sometimes the cool off and reward for hitting a word count or doing some dreaded admin task. Thinking you can beat procrastination is wrong! You have to play a […]

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Why I don’t care about money (at the moment)

In my family I constantly get asked that annoying question ‘When are you going to make some money?’ and my answer is usually ‘Soon. I’m trying to create a backlist first.’ or ‘I’m trying to create a long term career and build up my subscribers.’. I even give the ‘I’m waiting to finish my fiction book.’ answer. All these answers are true of course. They are not empty answers I say to get my family off my back. I don’t really care about money at the moment. Sure I have made a little money from coaching and my books but not enough to say ‘I’m making a living from my writing!’. When that […]

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How to Overcome Setbacks the Indie Way

How you handle set-backs and disappointments can have a huge impact on your creative work. Who knows how many thousands of writers, indie-authors and creatives have quit along the way. But success cannot happen without many failures along the way and without risk there can’t be any success. Learning how to overcome setbacks and disappointments and bounce back is critical. We’ve all heard the crazy statistics like every 8 minutes someone uploads a book on Amazon or 80% of people want to write a book but only 1% actually do. But there are also statistics that are encouraging like 6 billion people will have access the internet in the next ten years […]

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The Zen of Patience by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci had his ups and downs in his career. Surprisingly it took quite a while for his career to take off. When he was still a poor artist trying to make a name for himself in Florence there were people that doubted him and made fun of him. Today we might call these people trolls, critics, maybe even family.   So what did da Vinci do with all the naysayers. Did he hunt them down and give them a does of their own medicine? Did he kill them like so many would in renaissance Florence? Nope. He did nothing. Nothing. He did nothing because he said ‘Patience protects me and so I wait’. He […]

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