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The Surprising Secret to Writing Well: Don’t Be Bulletproof

Failure is real, and you cannot escape it. The following is one of the most powerful stories I’ve ever heard on the subject, so I wanted to share it with you.

How to Use Failure as Motivation

Failure is a kind of motivation if you can strike while the iron is hot. It’s like taking a test. Would you take the class, then take the test a year later? No, you take the test right away. Well, your failed attempt was the class. The test is this: Can you learn to correct […]

How to Practice Acceptance When Feeling Creative Failure

If you live in the same dreamland as I, your fantasies are filled with the ability to face adversity with a gentle and sanguine Acceptance of What Is. No matter what happens – failure, rejection, fear, pain, DMV lines – you simply smile and shrug, waiting for the inevitable to wrap you in its not-so-sweet […]

How to Get More Writing Done with One Counterintuitive Trick

Hard work is turtles all the way down. Now, if you’re not familiar with this expression, it refers to the ancient idea that the world is supported on the back of a turtle, which is in turn supported by a larger turtle, under which is a larger turtle, which is standing on a larger (and […]

How to Build a Writing Practice That Sticks for Life

So you want to write, but you’re not sure how to start the habit. No matter what you, it seems you can never develop a writing practice that actually sticks. Duty calls. Work exhausts you. Kids and meals and Netflix all make Sitting Down and Doing the Thing sound so hard. I get it. I’ve […]

How to Write for Others When You Want to Write for Yourself

Writing is a frustrating profession, especially when you want to write for yourself. Like, very frustrating. You want desperately to spend more time at your keyboard or in your notebook. You want to pen words that really mean something to you. You want to write for yourself. Yet you don’t. You work for someone else. […]

How to Use Guilt Thinking Instead of Shame Thinking to Further Your Writing Career

If you’ve ever looked at a recent project, creative attempt or – hey, let’s be honest – scale and thought to yourself Why bother? I’ll never amount to anything anyway … Then you’re not alone. In fact, you’d be on an island if you hadn’t had those thoughts. Because we all have: the thick, icky […]

How to Recover from Failure with Grace, Dignity and Possibly Some Cash

If you have a pulse and the IQ of a tomato, at a minimum, you have experienced an unpleasant little Fact of Life that we all love to hate. Usually, I would make a “and we all hate to love” quip here, but alas, I cannot. No one hates to love this or, in fact, […]

Here’s How to Make the Most Out of Creative Failure

The following post is an excerpt from my new book, Get the Hell Past It: How to Recover from Failure with Grace, Dignity and Possibly Some Cash. If you enjoy this section, I strongly recommend you pick up the book and learn to face your creative failure like a boss! I’m a real sucker for […]

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