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Art, Death and Hope

The Start and the End Finally, it was over. For the past four years, John fought the inner creative war… Four years of writing, editing, cutting, scrapping and starting from scratch… Four years of uncertainty, doubt and fear… Four years of painful creative struggle – the kind only a fiction author can truly appreciate… But in February, the war was over – John had finished his manuscript.  He had...

Creating Your Character

I have an acquaintance I speak with on occasion. I’ve known this guy for a long time.  Since I’ve known him, he’s always complained to me about his job: he hates it. His hate for his job isn’t for lack of pay or perks – they are way above average.  The dislike is for the structure of the organization that employs him and the tedious, unchallenging and often pointless work he feels he is doing...

What Will You Do With Your Dreams?

Dreams We all have them. Not just the kind when we sleep, but the more important ones – the ones we have when we’re awake. They come to us when we’re driving home from work, when we go for a long run, when we reminisce over war stories with an old friend. These dreams usually spark something deep within us.  They excite something dormant; something we didn’t know existed…at least for a moment. In...

Winning Your Inner Creative War

The Pain of Creation Every act of artistic creation (business, blog, book or otherwise) begins in the mind. They begin as acts of love (we care about our ideas) and defiance (challenging what is with what could be). But being inside your own mind isn’t a pretty thing.  It’s nasty in there; what is right seems wrong; up is down; and every course of action can be rationalized (adding to the...

3 Creative Hacks to Kick Start Your Next Project

Action It’s simple enough to understand that you must instigate to be successful. It’s much more difficult to put this understanding to use. And if our logical conclusions aren’t actionable, what’s the point? Here are a few quick tips I’ve compiled from some extremely clever, creative and successful people on how they created great works (everything from successful blogs, to best-selling books...

The Paradox of Creation

Life is paradoxical We think pain and pleasure or love and hate are opposites of one another. We think of these emotions as opposite ends of the spectrum, as if each lies on either side of a single line. pain ——————————— pleasure love ——————————— hate This...

4 ways to improve your book, business, or brand instantly

It’s so simple but so often neglected:  Care about your customers and they’ll care about you. If you care about your customers, you will spend much of your spare time thinking about how your products can improve their lives.  That kind of thinking will lead directly to thoughts about how you can increase efficiency, improve quality, expand customer service – all of which will lead to increased...

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