Time to Rebrand? How to Know When It’s Time & How to Make it Happen (With Checklist & Worksheet)

Time to rebrand- How to know and how to

I should have known by the third workshop on defining my brand that change was coming. Or maybe I should have gotten the clue I needed to refocus when I paused writing the words, “writer” and “blogger” because I was torn which direction to go with my posts. Instead, change happened slowly. Growth and change don’t always come in lightning bolts. Rather it often softly rolls in like lingering vanilla perfume, catching your attention on an emotional level before it [Continue Reading]

Do Your Best, Make Adjustments, Move On

Do your Best, Make Adjustments, Move On

  You show up for work, finish projects, meet deadlines, call, email, tweet, and update. You knock items off your to-do list, you get bunches done, (even when it doesn’t feel like it). You know if you waited for the time to be right, to be completely prepared, or to be really, truly ready to do whatever you needed to do, nothing would ever get finished. Instead, you let things be good enough. You trust. You release. You finish. You [Continue Reading]

The Simple Truth About Finding Your Writing Voice (with Interview)

Finding Your Voice (2)

Although, it was nearly a decade ago, I remember this scene vividly: In the dark projection booth of the movie theater I worked at, with the hum of film threading through the air, I wrote. Tears fell on the paper, smudging the fresh ink. Slumped, I scribbled furiously. Putting pen to paper was all I could do to survive the shift. Earlier that day, I went through a break-up that knocked me down. I figured going to work would take my [Continue Reading]

The Unexpected Reason You Struggle to Write (& the Solution That’s Right Under Your Nose)

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Take a slow, deep, breath in. Hold it for the count of three. One. Two. Three. Let it out. Take another slow, deep, breath in. Hold it. One. Two. Three. Release. Picture this: She’s sitting at her desk, feeling stuck, frustrated. Half written sentences fill a mostly white screen. Backspace. Delete. Ugh. Out of sync. Unhappy. The work feels painful. She starts taking the frustration personally: “Why can’t I figure this out?” “I must be doing something wrong.” “Maybe I’m [Continue Reading]

How to Go from Wanting to Write to Actually Writing

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Have you ever been standing in a circle of friends, about to say something, when all of the sudden you forget what you were going to say? Just had it. Right there. Tip of the tongue. The idea feels foggy and distant. But it’s present enough to live under your skin. You crave remembering. It’s frustrating not to have the ability to take action on your thoughts. This is similar to having the call to write, the want to write. [Continue Reading]

How to Know if You (& Your Writing) are on the Right Path

Writing in your sleep

I used to only write in my sleep. Images, colors, stories, and words danced behind closed lids. When I woke up, (but only slightly), I imagined myself sitting at my desk, in front of my open Mac, typing away. The sentences came forth swimmingly. Naturally. I could see the pages filling up so clearly. And I confidently knew exactly what filled them. I would say to myself, “I will actually write these ideas down one day.” But the words faded. [Continue Reading]

How You’re Sabotaging Your Writing (& What To Do Instead)

How Your're Sabotaging Your Writing (& What To Do Instead)

Submit. Email sent to hundreds of Finally Writing readers. I feel accomplished, peaceful, and excited that the new article has been sent out. Then… My stomach churns and sinks deep into a well of dread. My head starts to ache in panic. My heart begins forcefully pumping me out of my body. I had meant to send out the article I wrote. Instead, I had somehow managed to send out bleeding pages of unedited, neurotic, stream of conscious thinking, criticism, fearful thoughts, mucky, [Continue Reading]

The Glitter Dipped Truth Why Writing is Hard (& How to Make it Easy)

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“You are never too old for glitter… And, I hope you have glow in the dark stars on your ceiling… Don’t forget who you are. Life isn’t that hard, you make it that way. Have fun and don’t take everything so seriously.” Said, 18 year old me, in a letter to myself that I found in my attic this weekend. Writing is Hard. Why? You go to school for years to learn that it’s complicated. Red pens. Grammar rules. Structure [Continue Reading]

Make a Comeback After a Blogging Break (& 3 Checklists to Use Anytime You Write)

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Woot, woot! I am excited to be back with you after being MIA for a few weeks. I had a fabulous, weird, dreamy, humbling and fun adventure in Japan. I was swarmed by deer, spent the night in a Buddhist temple, ate surprising  meals (twice with robots and three times with cats) and sat in a robe at the top of the Park Hyatt pretending I was Scarlet Johansson in Lost in Translation. Feel free to check out pics over [Continue Reading]

The Best Books for Aspiring Writers

The Best Books for Aspiring Writers

With the holiday last weekend, I had some some extra space to sprawl in the sun with a good book (I like to pretend I’m a literary cat in times like these). This got me thinking about the books I have loved the most along the writing journey. The following are some of my favorite books for aspiring writers. They are the books that are full of wisdom, practicality and inspiration to create and act on your creative impulses. The [Continue Reading]