Give Up Figuring Out How to Be the Artist You Want to Be

Give Up Figuring Out How to Be the Artist You Want to Be

General, Inspiration, Main Blog, On Writing
Give Up Figuring Out How to Be the Artist You Want to Be You want to express more of yourself as a creative artist, but how? Not knowing the answer may actually be the best thing for you. It invites the question, the exploration, the wonder. If you are a creative artist perhaps you’ve been trying to figure this out for yourself and find that you wind up back where you are. Give it up! The problem isn’t that you haven’t come up with an answer. The problem is that you actually think that YOU have to be the one to come up with the answer. Asking for What You Want Let’s try this instead. Ask this question and don’t try to figure out the answer. How can I express…
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Creating and the Sacral Chakra

Creating and the Sacral Chakra

General, Inspiration, Main Blog, On Writing
Creating and the Sacral Chakra (from manuscript I am currently working on) As you might imagine, there is the potential for many seeds to be planted in this area and this area is fertile ground for manifesting our creativity and inspiration. It is a place where our ideas and beliefs can take hold and grow. This is true whether those ideas, beliefs, and inspirations are helpful or not. Nothing can grow unless a seed is first placed in the soil and it begins to take root. Your seeds take root when they are given energy and nourishment. We naturally have a desire to create and see our ideas become reality. What grows must first be planted, and what might be fertile ground for one thing may not be fertile ground…
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Three Tips for Getting the Heart Flow Going – For Creative Artists

Three Tips for Getting the Heart Flow Going – For Creative Artists

General, Inspiration, On Writing, Uncategorized
Staring at a blank screen or canvas or even a mirror that reflects you standing there is common to all of us creative artists. The key to overcoming the 'blanks' (just made that up) is not to think it through but feel and do. Here are five easy things you can do right now to get that flow from your heart going. Tip One - Get Moving When I'm in a creative slump it helps to get my body physically moving. I will exercise either by hitting the gym or if it's nice outside, taking a walk along the nature trail. I take my phone along because quite often when I'm at the gym or on the trail, inspiration strikes and I need to be able to capture it! I…
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Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing – Part Three

On Writing
Read part 2 In part two I talked about time being a factor in my considering going the traditional publishing route. The other consideration is promotion. I have to say that I’ve heard and read that traditional publishers aren’t promoting like they used to. They expect you, the author, the new OMG I just wrote a book and I never thought I would, but I’m so excited so I’ll tell my family and friends, author. Family and friends are good but here’s a little secret, unless you physically put that book in front of them, send them direct links to purchase, ask them personally for a review, they will probably just say “Congratulations! It looks great,” and keep on moving. You’ll know from the flat line of your KDP Report…
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A Poetic Summary of Chosen

On Writing, Poetry
About Chosen: A Poetic Summary For millenia the Descendants have ruled Their power goes the world through Removing those that would resist Accepting casualties of the innocent Their greed and what they've will to do Without bounds they write the truth Maintain control while the planet breaks Point no fingers, take no blame The seven chosen before birth Face secret dangers of the Earth The World Consensus and UniCorps Knowing what will come, press forth Silence all who'd warn the masses They give the Chosen cause for action With Keepers and mentors at their sides They learn why they came into this life Genetically changed for strength and endurance To enhance natural gifts and performance To overcome the evil plaguing the planet To defeat the giants and restore balance In…
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Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing – Part Two

Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing – Part Two

Main Blog, On Writing
Read part 1 Scroll to bottom for video of part 1 As I mentioned in part one, time and promotion are reasons I’m considering pursuing a traditional publisher. I’ll start with time. There are many writers who work full-time and then write in what little spare time remains. I count myself lucky that I consider being a writer, speaker, and coach my full-time work. Even with that, the time to write is impeded on because of all those things mentioned above – remember the re-writing, editing, re-editing, beta-reading, etcetera. This is where I think a traditional publisher has the edge. That mess takes time. A heck of a lot of time. Time I could use writing another book or first re-write of maybe the other 3 books that are written…
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Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing – Part One

Main Blog, On Writing
Being a self-published author isn’t all rainbows, bubbles, and blue skies. As I delve into taking my music from my computer to something more public, I'm learning that being an indie artist of any kind isn't.  (Don't hold your breath just yet). In fact, being a published indie author is often hard, long, thankless work to create something that it is quite possible no one else will read. The countless hours add up as you write, re-write, find an editor (or three or four), edit, edit again, find beta-readers, incorporate feedback, revise again. You get the point, and I haven’t even gotten to covers and promoting your work. It’s no picnic on the serene edge of a beautiful lake with luscious greenery as a backdrop while you sip on cool…
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