Finding & Following Your Voice

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: 1239
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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The Real Reason It’s Dangerous to Wait on Your Dreams

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The Real Reason It’s Dangerous to Wait on Your Dreams

Have you seen the Robert Duvall movie, Get Low? I’ll leave the discussion of the movie itself to the critics, but one thing struck me as applicable to the idea of listening to your own inner voice. In one scene, Duvall’s character—an old hermit—is catching up with an ex sweetheart. In looking back over his […]

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The One Thing You Must Do Before Your Idea Will Succeed

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The One Thing You Must Do Before Your Idea Will Succeed

You sense a glimmer of an idea, something new you want to do with your life. You mention it to your spouse, your colleague, or your best buddy. Instead of the supportive response you hoped for, you get: “What? Why would you want to do that?” Maybe the person laughs. Or frowns. Or screws up […]

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The One Thing That Will Give You More Energy—and It’s Not Caffeine

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on June 10, 2014 0 Comments • views: 474
The One Thing That Will Give You More Energy—and It’s Not Caffeine

I heard a radio commercial the other day that got my attention. I remember little about the product they were advertising, other than it had something to do with RVs, but I do remember one line: Do you look forward more to starting your day, or to ending it? I think this is one of […]

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The Key to Making Better Decisions—for Writing and Life

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 27, 2014 0 Comments • views: 565
The Key to Making Better Decisions—for Writing and Life

Are you facing a decision but just aren’t sure which way to go? Here’s one thing that may help: calm any emotions you may be feeling. Emotions have a way of interfering with the internal signal from your inner voice, or intuition. Think of your mind as a radio, and the inner voice as a […]

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Change is Inevitable—5 Ways to Make it Easier

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on April 29, 2014 4 Comments • views: 953
Change is Inevitable—5 Ways to Make it Easier

I’ve got a few potential changes coming in my life, and I’m super excited. The idea of learning something new, meeting new people, and shaking up my daily routine a bit has always made the future a little brighter for me. But I have to admit—like many people, I’m not friendly with all forms of […]

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Prepare—the Universe Will Test You

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on October 31, 2011 1 Comment • views: 447
Prepare—the Universe Will Test You

In the movie “The Dark Knight,” Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart (who ends up being the evil Two-Face), quiets an angry and fearful crowd by telling them, “The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.” This quote comes to mind when I think about the challenges […]

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To Make a Change, Set a Deadline

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on October 27, 2011 0 Comments • views: 302
To Make a Change, Set a Deadline

If you want to make a change in your life, here’s something I’ve learned—you can’t wait for things to get to the point of being “just right.” You need to listen to your inner voice, then set a deadline. A real, solid day/month/year deadline. Something about taking that one action makes things happen. My inner […]

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5 Sacrifices You May Have to Make When Following Your Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on May 20, 2011 0 Comments • views: 304
5 Sacrifices You May Have to Make When Following Your Inner Voice

Let’s face it—following your inner voice doesn’t always translate immediately into joy and bliss. A lot of times it can make you feel downright uncomfortable. Taking action to pursue your calling will help you find meaning in life and bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it’s also likely to cause you some anxiety […]

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Check With Your Inner Voice Before Marriage

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on May 16, 2011 0 Comments • views: 324
Check With Your Inner Voice Before Marriage

Why do people get married? Our current divorce rate of about 50 percent in the United States predicts that one out of every two marriages will end in divorce. So what makes one couple think they can beat the odds? What makes them want to try? Asking yourself these questions before marriage may help increase […]

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Channel Your Inner Wild Cat

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Inner Life by on May 13, 2011 0 Comments • views: 441
Channel Your Inner Wild Cat

The new movie African Cats, released a few weeks ago on Earth Day, follows the story of two families struggling to survive on the African savannah—one, an aged mother lion named Layla and her daughter; and two, a strong mother cheetah and her five cubs. There’s a lot to commend about this movie, mostly the […]

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All That Matters is Doing the Work

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on May 11, 2011 0 Comments • views: 287
All That Matters is Doing the Work

Today was a good day. Why? Because after a couple days of being away, I spent two hours working on my novel. I had to travel over the weekend. The pace and requirements of my schedule made it near impossible to focus on writing, and during the few hours that I could manage it, I […]

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