When I was planning to come to Nashville this summer for a Story Grid event, I knew that Steven Pressfield was going to be in attendance. Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl had arranged for Steven … Continue reading Beating Resistance.
When we first set out to become a “writer,” we tend to keep that romantic notion in our head—a lone genius typing away on a typewriter or laptop in a remote cabin in the woods. … Continue reading The author mastermind group builds systems and habits.
Discipline is the ability to do what you know needs to be done, even when you don’t feel like doing it. It requires developing habits that you don’t have to think about, actions that are … Continue reading Discipline developed by an author mastermind group.
In this new, three-part series, I’m going to explore the secret powers of the mastermind learning model. Although I’m approaching it as a professional writer, mastermind groups have been proven to work across disciplines and … Continue reading An introduction to the author mastermind.
Zach and I have not published much fiction this year. I know it. He knows it. And so we don’t talk much about it. We haven’t done anything wrong, haven’t had a major failure or … Continue reading If you show up, the words will come.
I constantly find myself pulling Seth Godin’s The Dip off the bookshelf and thumbing through the yellowed, dog-eared pages covered in margin notes and scribbles. When you start a lot of things, you inevitably have … Continue reading Failure is an option.
I’m not normal. I know this on many levels. Other people unwind by having a drink at the bar or buying a new pair of shoes. Not me. My idea of fun is a form … Continue reading I still like books.
It happens to all of us at some point. We get over the initial enthusiasm about learning something new because of our learning plateaus. You make the most amount of progress on a skill when … Continue reading Cresting the learning plateau.
When I first read Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek, like many of us, I was blown away by the simplicity of the concept and the idea that someone was giving me permission to break out of … Continue reading Getting it done. Your way.
It happens more often than I’d like to admit. I’m cruising along, crushing my word count or working on a really exciting part of my business when I get blindsided by something unexpected. It can … Continue reading Working through the distractions.