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 …

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. …

Today Was a Good Writing Day: Here’s Why

Today was a good writing day. I put my trust in the process. Yesterday was a bad writing day. I procrastinated and resisted it the whole way through. Like checking the time on the stairmaster every 30 seconds. Torture. But today, I took the pressure off it. As I got up, I didn’t tire myself with thought, worrying about xyz. I didn’t ponder what I was gonna write or if I felt like writing. I just sat down and focused on being grateful that I have the opportunity to get up and do what I enjoy.  I have some practical …