Tag: inspiration

The Writer’s Creative Conscience: staying Accountable

Every writer has a creative conscience. By “creative conscience,” I don’t mean a moral compass that dictates what we do and don’t create. I mean a still, small voice that haunts us when we aren’t creating and hounds us for not achieving milestones. The… Continue Reading “The Writer’s Creative Conscience: staying Accountable”

Career Advice that Transformed my Thinking

Writers need career advice too. The problem is that there are too many sources out there that trumpet the same theory—regardless of how many times that theory fails. How many of us have heard career advice that goes like this? “Follow your passion and… Continue Reading “Career Advice that Transformed my Thinking”

An Upcoming Illustrator Interview!

It is my pleasure to announce an upcoming illustrator interview with my very own illustrator, Lauren Fisher. Lauren was the mind behind the memorable drawings in The Misadventures of Melvin the Missing Sock, and she will fill the same role in my next children’s… Continue Reading “An Upcoming Illustrator Interview!”

Empowering a Young Author

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It’s not every day an author contacts you asking you to write a commentary for the inside of their book. It’s even less frequent that the author is sixteen. Well, I have the privilege of introducing to you a young author whose book is… Continue Reading “Empowering a Young Author”

YouTube and Inkpots: what they have in common

Starting a YouTube channel can be one of the most motivating or deflating experiences in a writer’s career. Just like writing your first couple of blog posts and waiting for things to happen, you can post your first YouTube video and then… why doesn’t… Continue Reading “YouTube and Inkpots: what they have in common”

Developing New Skills and Defeating Demons

Before developing new skills this year, it’s helpful to take stock of your existing inventory. Basically, before moving forward, you need to know where you are now. Taking a personal inventory is helpful for more than just skill development. Examining our minds and hearts… Continue Reading “Developing New Skills and Defeating Demons”

A New Year, a New You?

The beginning of a new year always brings an onslaught of resolutions, goals, and promises. It’s as if people think that the new year is somehow going to be “the one” in which they actualize their potential and fulfill their wildest dreams (or create… Continue Reading “A New Year, a New You?”

Humility: Sharing the Stage of Life

Humility is not in vogue. It’s not chic. It’s not on fleak. Everyone wants to talk about pride, but no one wants to talk about humility. This is nothing new. I think part of this is because many have a flawed definition of humility.… Continue Reading “Humility: Sharing the Stage of Life”

When Does a Signature become an Autograph?

Autographs: we worship them. We cut in line for them. We spend money for them. Everyone has that person whose autograph they would do most anything for. And yet, what makes an autograph so special? Isn’t it just a glorified signature? Yes, basically. But… Continue Reading “When Does a Signature become an Autograph?”

Children’s Stories: the Unexpected (Mis)Adventure

There’s a reason they say to try new things—I never thought I would author a children’s book, yet here we are. How did that happen? Well, let me tell you… Once upon a time, there was a young woman who wrote stories. But not… Continue Reading “Children’s Stories: the Unexpected (Mis)Adventure”