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Creative Intensity Doesn’t Have to Be a Curse

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All of my life people have described me as intense. My family, my friends, perfect strangers that I’ve met at parties. I’ve been known to get really excited about a topic—like REALLY excited—without noticing the person that I’m talking to is backing away from me and trying to get out of the room. Don’t get me wrong, my intuitive people skills are usually pretty good. But when my creative faculties are triggered, everything else flies out the window. Continue Reading

Do You Want to Be the Next John Steinbeck, or the Next Stephenie Meyer?

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I saw a question posted the other day in the Writer’s Discussion Group on Google+.

“Would you rather write the next hot bestseller or a classic that will be studied in classrooms for years to come?”

I found this question so intriguing because my reaction to it was so fast and strong. I thought, “Of course I want to write a classic. Who doesn’t?” And then I read the comments. Turns out, some writers want to write classics, and some want to write the next hot bestseller. Continue Reading

There’s Only One Way to Figure Out Your Value As a Writer…

SAMSUNGYou have to discover your own set of personal values first.

Writers are artists. Most of us operate from a very different core system of values than the mainstream population. We would love to be paid for our work, sure, but money is not the primary motivating force for us. And while we also enjoy recognition, status alone is not enough to really get our engines going. Continue Reading