Finding & Following Your Voice

7 Times You Need to Wear a Mask to be a Better Writer

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on October 21, 2015 14 Comments • views: 2491
7 Times You Need to Wear a Mask to be a Better Writer

There’s a lot of talk about authenticity these days. “Be real,” they tell us. Show your true self. Be honest in your writing. Take away the masks. I’m all for being authentic. In fact, I have a hard time being any other way. When I was a teenager, it often griped me how easily my […]

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7 Reasons Why a Writer Needs Heroes

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on July 7, 2015 3 Comments • views: 2153
7 Reasons Why a Writer Needs Heroes

Who are your writing heroes? Can you name them—right now? Do you know who they are? Does it matter? I’ve asked a number of people these questions. I’ve been amazed by how many blank looks I’ve received. Maybe it’s because my writing heroes are so important to me—and I believe, to my progression as a […]

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Why Writing Critiques May Not Work For You

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 31, 2015 0 Comments • views: 1373
Why Writing Critiques May Not Work For You

Writers hear a lot about their weaknesses. Critiques are a way of life for us. We’re always asking people what’s wrong with our work. We feel like we have to hear criticism in order to improve. This may be true to some extent, but the longer I live the more I think that frequently seeking […]

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Finding People Who See the Real You

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on March 24, 2015 5 Comments • views: 1919
Finding People Who See the Real You

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~Carl G. Jung Are you struggling to take a new path in your life? Is that little voice inside you urging you to try something new, but you have yet to take action? Be careful—you may have all your efforts derailed by one […]

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Three Forces You Must Defeat to Find the True Self

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on December 23, 2014 4 Comments • views: 562
Three Forces You Must Defeat to Find the True Self

“There are many ways to kill off the true self,” writes former Presbyterian pastor Paul Rademacher. “My weapon of choice was the ministry.” A great book about personal discovery and finding one’s own inner voice, A Spiritual Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe by Rademacher tells the story of one man’s struggle to first, figure out […]

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Keeping a Journal Can Help Chart a Path to Your Unique Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Inner Life by on December 18, 2014 4 Comments • views: 1138
Keeping a Journal Can Help Chart a Path to Your Unique Voice

My step dad just passed an important anniversary—a year ago, he went through a double knee replacement. I remember that day well. One of the things that struck me as particularly challenging was the near endless process of medical-record-taking, from the initial registration to the consistent stream of nurses and other personnel coming in and […]

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How to Stop Writing Critiques from Destroying Your Creative Spirit

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on November 11, 2014 2 Comments • views: 552
How to Stop Writing Critiques from Destroying Your Creative Spirit

I’ve received a lot of writing critiques over the years. I’ve come to believe that critiques are both a writer’s blessing and a curse. After so many, I think I’ve figured out how to sort through them in a way that makes them mostly beneficial, most of the time. But I say this with caution, […]

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Honor Your Quirks—Especially if They Work!

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on November 4, 2014 3 Comments • views: 635
Honor Your Quirks—Especially if They Work!

I hate morning people. Not literally, of course. In fact, as long as they don’t bother me, I don’t mind them at all. But every once in awhile, if I spend time with friends or family, I’m reminded how very violent I can get if people bother me in the morning. Mornings Give Us Creative […]

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5 Tips to Help You Believe in Yourself

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on October 14, 2014 2 Comments • views: 734
5 Tips to Help You Believe in Yourself

Believing in ourselves is essential to living our best lives—we hear it all the time. “Believe in yourself!” we’re told. Then everything will magically work out. Still, it’s often easier said than done, so I gathered some tips to help you out. If you have more, please share! 1. Do something. The best way to […]

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Find New Inspiration in a Solo Vacation

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on October 7, 2014 8 Comments • views: 873
Find New Inspiration in a Solo Vacation

Most of the time, when I take time off, I spend it with family or attending some sort of writer’s event. But there’s one week a year when that’s not the case. A precious few days that I get all to myself. It’s a vacation for one. The Bliss of Being All By Yourself I’ve […]

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Supercharge Your Writing Life with 3 Possible Career Paths

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on September 9, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1306
Supercharge Your Writing Life with 3 Possible Career Paths

As writers, we can’t completely control how our writing will be received. We can work to get better at the craft, write and submit frequently, and market to the best of our ability, but in the end, whether our books hit the bestseller lists may depend just as much on luck as on skill and […]

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How to Disarm a Writer’s Inner Demons

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on August 26, 2014 4 Comments • views: 1166
How to Disarm a Writer’s Inner Demons

In my own struggle to do the work I’m compelled to do, I’m often reminded of the idea that we must “battle our own demons.” American novelist and screenwriter William Goldman once said, “…the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of […]

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