The Creative Entrepreneur by Lisa Beam This was one of the first business planning books I got that showed a multi-media, multi-faceted approach to business planning. Who says it has to be all spreadsheets and dry documents? My friend Lisa brought many parts of herself together to write this book – designer, business maven, artist […]
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The Goddess in the Office: A Personal Energy Guide for the Spiritual Warrior at Work by Z Budapest This book just charmed the skirt off me. I love all of it. Each day has its own significance, and Z shares the historical meaning of the days of the week, and also their energetic qualities. She […]
You’re tinkering in your studio, making that Erector Set capital A. Or, you’re pulling over to make notes about this story that keeps pestering you. You unroll your washi tape and mask out a colorful shape. Your creative output may not earn you a Pulitzer or a show at the Guggenheim, but I assert that […]
I’d Rather Be in the Studio: No Excuses Marketing for Artists by Alyson Stanfield I met Alyson when she came to one of my writing workshops. She then hired me to write a book – this book. I was SO behind her mission to help artists build solid businesses around their art. This is the […]
Excerpted Introduction to The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book by Cynthia Morris Hello! I am so happy you are reading this. It means you are taking steps to fulfill what may be a lifelong dream—to write a book. You have a message, work or story that must be shared, and you […]
I have been in business since 1999 and it’s been such a great learning curve. I am still learning how to be a businesswoman who is successful on her own terms. Some of the books that helped me grow and learn along the way may surprise you. When I became a coach in 1999, I […]
Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd Oh man, the pain of being a twenty-something with no clear direction! Couldn’t I have been one of those people who knew what they wanted to do with their lives? Oh, I was. I always wanted to be a writer. But how to craft a life around […]
The biggest misconception I see around writing – or any creative practice – is that we think we need a lot of time. We imagine that we’ll get to the writing when we have two hours, five days a week. Who does anything for two hours, five days a week? Okay, maybe work. And Netflix […]
Words Under the Words by Naomi Shihab Nye When I got into poetry, this was one of the first books I bought. Naomi’s poetry is profound and at the same time quotidian. This is the kind of poetry I love. It was easy to connect to, easy to study and, well, not always easy to […]
Look! Squirrel! Yeah, gotcha. These days, our attention is as fractured as a kaleidoscope, splintering in a million directions at once. It’s getting harder and harder to reign in our focus enough to write or create. I write about this in my book, but I’ll say it here: The real game of productivity isn‘t time management, […]