If I know one thing that plagues all creatives it’s self-doubt.
We all know self-doubt sabotages our efforts: it makes us reluctant to press Publish, or fire off a submission, or introduce a new riff to the band, or really go for it in a live performance.
It makes us stand quietly at the edge of the room trying our darndest to blend in with the wallpaper, when we should be in the middle of the room shaking hands with that talent agent or publisher or record producer.
But self-doubt operates in another, more insidious, way: it affects the quality of the work itself. Continue reading How We Can All Be More Confident Artists
There is no such thing as reaching the end of your task list.
You will never write all the things you want to write.
You will never read all the things you want to read.
You will never travel to all the places you want to travel.
You will never say all the things you want to say.
You will never reduce your inbox to zero. (And who cares anyway?)
You will never “win” social media.
You will never be “caught up” with current events. (A bunch of shit you have no clue about just happened while you read this sentence… gasp!)
You will never make the perfect plan. You will never have the perfect day.
Or the perfect conversation.
Or the perfect relationship.
Or the perfect life, for that matter.
And you know what? Continue reading If You Are Constantly Freaking Out About What Your Life is Missing… Read This
The Inner Critic can be a real a-hole sometimes.
It prevents us from doing a lot of stuff.
Like speaking our mind about things. Sharing our thoughts with others.
There are always a thousand reasons not to, and the Inner Critic is a master of drawing on them. I picture him like an eight-armed robot whose tentacle arms shoot out to a complex filing system, riffle through a billion filing cards in about a second, and pull out the exact one (or several) that you need to hear to prevent you from taking action. Continue reading Quick and Dirty Posts (and Why You Should Do Them)
Let’s face it, your writing production takes a hit this time of year. Your inner word-crafter feels a little neglected whilst you run around judo-chopping other last minute shoppers and traveling by sled-and-dog team to reach your far off relatives.
But if you can eke out a measly thirty minutes for yourself somewhere in all the holiday madness, there’s no reason you can’t keep the writing coals warm, and even stoked a wee bit so you begin the New Year with a blaze.
Here’s a few ways to do that this holiday season: Continue reading 7 Ways to Recharge Your Writing Over the Holidays
I know it’s hard.
You’ve had the “achievement/goals” credo shoved down your throat since you were a little kid. Even if your parents were free-wheeling hippies it’s still ubiquitous in the culture. Your employers believe in it. Your peers believe it. Your friends believe it. You believe it.
But ask yourself: is it making any of us happier?
Continue reading Happiness Without Attachment to Outcomes