Tag: success

Creativity, Productivity, Writing

Do You Have to Have Talent to Succeed?

Drawing Talent

I see many people give up on careers and activities that they love (or might love) because they don’t believe they have enough talent to succeed. Whether it’s writing, acting, the arts, athletics, or even something more practical like computer programming or teaching, they just don’t feel like they have that magical ability that will …

Marketing, Publishing, Writing

Beware the “One Way”

One Way

When I first started writing, I devoured just about every “how to” book and article I could get my hands on. (This was before blogs really came of age, or I’m sure I would have devoured my share of those, too.) Many were excellent, some were good, and some (I now know) were just bad. …

Productivity, Publishing, Writing

Slaying the Green-Eyed Monster

Overcoming Jealousy

You’re great friends with all of the people in your writer’s group, or that aspiring writer you met at the bookstore has become your best friend. You get together weekly to trade feedback and gripe about the world of publishing. It’s great because you’re all chasing the same goal. And then one day it happens: …

Productivity, Writing

Why Writers Are Some of the Mentally Strongest People I Know


I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful writers over the years. One thing they all seem to have in common is a certain mental toughness. They don’t let the small stuff get to them and they have an ability to persevere in the face of incredible obstacles. Even when dealing with horrible things unrelated …


Find Your Own Path


I once had a writer friend whose entire writing routine was comprised of “rules” he’d learned from successful authors. He got up early to write because that’s what the successful authors did. He outlined on index cards because he’d read somewhere that certain successful authors did it that way. He used a certain kind of …