Happy Birthday, GaryVee!

I’m a young novelist in a world that tells young novelists they’ll just be unemployed. When I tell someone that writing fiction is my plan for after college, I know what they mean by the blank stare or the deadpan “That’s cool.” My family still tells me to go to law school. But voices like Gary’s help me back to what I love, back to center, back to the certainty that nothing does it for me like working on a novel day after day after day. I’m sure he’ll go down as one of the greats because he inspires millions …

How I Let My Creativity Flow

Writing—or doing anything risky—will always trigger self-doubt. Always. The key is to immerse yourself in the process of writing consistently and allow yourself to watch the story unfold. That way, doubts won’t dominate your mind. This post is about letting your creativity flow. I’ve been tasked with writing a 20-page story for my Creative Writing workshop class, due Monday, and it’ll be critiqued in class Wednesday. All week, whenever I sat down to write this story, I couldn’t get the class out of my head. I couldn’t forget the critical gaze of “the reader.” So I judged every word. There …

It’s Your Senior Year. Now What?

This is my senior year, my last year at UM. For everyone else that’s a senior too, now is the time to figure out what you want and go for it. Some tips. 1. This year, focus on the life you want and put in the work. What makes you happy? Writing, music, business, volunteering, cooking, travel, activism? Get some idea of what it is so you can use this year to the fullest. I’ll be writing my memoir. I want a final draft by the time I graduate in May. I’m also gonna build my social media presence by …

Start Somewhere

Today I ran a mile and ate less of a cupcake than I usually would. But I’m starting somewhere. I think people put off major life projects because they don’t let themselves start small. Sure, some people change their lives at the drop of a dime and don’t look back. If you can do that, kudos to you, but I can’t and I don’t think most people can either. Let yourself start small. I didn’t start writing by putting in two hours a day at 4AM. I started with a paragraph in class. Then another paragraph at work the month …

Write Down What You’re Going Through

I woke up in a bad mood this morning. Something was gnawing at me. So I sat down to write, as I do most mornings, and just put it all down. I’m not joking when I say I felt better in ten minutes. It doesn’t always happen so fast, but I can tell you that writing it down makes me feel better nine times out of ten. This is an outlet more people need to explore. Don’t worry about writing well. Just set aside ten or twenty minutes and don’t stop writing. You’ll get to the bottom of what’s bothering you real quick. …