Enough of the moaning and complaining about HBO canceling the show Looking. And please stop with the overwrought excuses about gay male psychosexual and sociological failures. Here's the deal: the show was cancelled because it was bad.
Robots may take over the world someday, but I guarantee this bunch won't be taking over content marketing anytime soon.
In the beginning, you're still learning. You're still developing. You're still building. You haven't developed enough competency to feel disappointed by your performance. You're supposed to feel stupid and unskilled.
Do something that inspires you. Do something that makes you feel relaxed and content. Do something that makes you feel challenged and just a bit scared, in a thrilling sort of way.
Hyphenation can be tricky. There's widespread confusion, it seems, about when and how the tiny line segments should and shouldn't be used. With so many instances in which people guess wrong, covering all the misuses would take acres of the Internet.
I'm so convinced that hiking helps my writing that I recently decided to offer a series of hiking-writing workshops to see if others had the same experience. Here's what I've discovered so far:
Writers who hate promotion do not see promotion as a creative act. These writers are highly attuned to the experience of swimming against that current, and they know to avoid it. For many of those writers, writing is the one place they consistently don't swim against the current.
I seek to provide transformation to others and to experience it personally on a daily basis. As a story consultant, my mission is to help transform the message of the storyteller into one that resonates with their audience on a deeper level, uplifts, creates change, and to leads the storyteller to a sale.
Large or small we all have a vision for our life, but how much do we really share it with the world? An essential part of stepping into your life's purpose is sharing your vision with others. When you courageously choose to take this step, that's when something magical starts to occur.
Sitting down every day and asking yourself what you care about most and what you would most like to share with the world becomes a ritual of finding meaning in a life that sometimes appears meaningless.
If you're going to have moments of self-doubt anyways, you might as well make it work for you. Instead of letting your doubts fester and grow into an unnecessary fear, think about why you are feeling doubtful of your abilities and use that knowledge to better yourself.
If at any point your partner makes you feel guilty, or as though you have to choose between who and what you love, you're probably not with the right person. The best relationships are the ones that make you more yourself, not less.
Writer's block is the dreaded mental stumbling block many authors have come to fear. You know, the awful feeling you have when your usually prolific talent with words hits a verbal roadblock?
It's easier to recognize beauty than it is to create it. You're good enough to know that what you're doing isn't good, but not good enough to produce something great. When you find yourself in this frustrating limbo, the challenge is to never forget what got you there in the first place. Remember that thing that got you into the game.
Rejection is part of the writing game, but as every writer knows, not all rejections are equal. When an editor simply ignores your submission, that's a bottom-tier rejection. The next step up is a form letter.
That night, I picked up an empty notebook, sat down at my kitchen table and did just that. I wrote whatever came to mind. No editing, no proofreading. The less I thought, the more came out. I felt an overwhelming sense of relief wash over me.