Free-writing is a power tool, helping you build a book, blog, memoir or other written body of work. We will be powering February with our writing. Join us in February’s Free-Write Fling!
My online writing class, Free-Write Fling, is back in February! If writing is on your list this year and you haven’t honored it yet, this is a great way to do it. Write every day in February to build momentum and word count.
How to stick with a practice – a writing practice, an art practice, a meditation practice – this is the recurring challenge for all of us, isn’t it.
I got this question the other day and wrote out my answer here. I hope this helps you and would love to hear what this sparks in you. Feel free to leave a comment to share your thoughts.
Q: What is the best way to cultivate a true practice? I really want to do 2 hours a day 5 days a week. I do 15 minutes most days now but sometimes I don’t. I found this very easy in the past when I had so many free days, but now i’m running a business and life gets in the way. How do I build up and make this regular? does it have to do with regularity of time spent or a particular place to write or what?
This is a great question, and one many of us have. With many activities and priorities competing for our time, how do we prioritize our creativity?
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a silver bullet or simple practice that allowed it to be easier? A set and forget it approach where we simply make a plan and stick to it, like a…robot.
Well, we’re not robots and I’ve learned that our practice must be as fluid as life itself. We crave routine but our lives don’t always bend to the structures we devise. Again and again, we fall short of our plans to commit to something regular.Continue Reading
My friend and mentor Jonathan Fields has come out with his book How to Live a Good Life. I’ve been part of Jonathan’s world since I stalked him and wanted to hire him to help me publish my novel Chasing Sylvia Beach. Back in 2011 when said stalking was happening, I had no idea that I would become a participant in his Good Life Project Immersion program and go on to become a faculty member of the GLP team.
Jonathan did help me with my novel, but he also helped me with so much more. Before I knew him personally, I saw the savvy and successful businessman. I remember being on one of his free Tribal Author calls. When he said ‘There’s never been a better time to be an author’ I shouted with joy. Here was someone finally focusing on how much creativity and power we have, instead of how challenging it is to get a book published.
As I came to know Jonathan more, I have seen more than just his savvy. I’ve seen his deep care and commitment to the creative process. I’ve witnessed how much he contributes to those around him – helping us have more self-awareness, more self-confidence and more joyful action.
His book, How to Live a Good Life, brings much of what he has been teaching and learning into one place. Insights from his research, from his podcast interviews and from his role as a perpetual student are bundled into this book that I know will change many lives.
After more than four years deeply immersed in Jonathan’s world, I can say that I have definitely benefited from his business savvy and that my business is stronger for it. But the real benefit of learning from Jonathan is that he continually points me toward being and expressing more of me. To full-on, unabashed sharing of my gifts. To recognizing that all of me, even the goofy parts, deserve a turn on the stage. When you pick up a copy of his book, look for me in the chapter Dance Like No One’s Watching.
Jonathan agreed to an interview for us, and while there is a lot I could ask about the contents of the book, I wanted to focus on his unexpected path to writing How to Live a Good Life. Enjoy this conversation about sticking with it even when you don’t know how.