If you are open, the universe will conspire to bring you the right book at the right time — when you need it.
A friend will suggest a book to you, or it’s sitting on a table at a yard sale, or the cover catches your eye as you walk by the endcap in your favorite bookstore. A book will come across your path right when you are ready to meet it when the wisdom within its pages speaks to a particular problem you’re struggling to solve.
I feel fortunate for books that find me at just the right time…
If you’re having trouble establishing a writing habit, it may be because you don’t think of yourself as a writer. Call yourself a writer first. This may sound silly. You may be thinking, “well, I only make a few dollars from writing,” or even a few cents. That doesn’t matter; if you write, you are a writer.
Start with the name.
I’ve been writing every day for over a year and made money after the first month. But I’ve always considered myself a writer. Even when I was writing in a journal daily for my own satisfaction.
Identifying with the…
So, you want to be a writer?
You may not realize it, but you’re already a writer. We’ve all shared our writing publicly. If you post Facebook updates, share Instagram captions describing a photo, or wax poetic via text to a lover, you are a writer!
You just don’t call yourself one. Yet.
Often, many of us think we can only call ourselves writers if we make a lot of money from writing. Not true.
If you take a well-received Instagram caption, a tweet that went viral or a popular Facebook update, make it longer, come up with a catchy…
It isn’t always easy to feel good about money. Bills need to be paid, emergencies happen, pandemics arise.
We think we never have enough. We are stretched too thin with medical bills even though we have insurance, school bills, mortgages, car loans, credit card debt. When we get a little ahead, something expensive pops up, and then we are behind again. Even if we have a nice nest egg, we can’t touch it. It’s for later.
Money is energy. You are energy. How you view money is important because you want to attract it, not repeal it. The thing is…
I read a comment in a Facebook group from a woman who said her husband isn’t happy she is writing stories about her past. The story in question was one of an experience she had before she met and married him.
I rarely comment on Facebook posts, but wrote,
“Tell him they are your stories to tell. You are a creative — you must write.”
I sympathize. Sometimes, those closest to us act strange when we start to write or follow dreams of creativity by taking a leap into the unknown. They often react by demanding more of our time…
When Anthony Bourdain killed himself, my immediate reaction was sadness.
After a few days, I was more angry than sad.
Initially, I was sad because he genuinely seemed like a decent, kind, sensitive man with the best job in the world. When his book Kitchen Confidential was released, I devoured it like most people. I can still see it from where I sit on my bookshelf as I type.
The guy was down to earth. No filter.
Watching him on TV, I’d often think I would love to have him as a friend for his great conversation alone. The guy…
Last week I started a fight with my partner. I hadn’t done that in a while.
Occasionally, I regress into old patterns when I’m feeling insecure, needy and he isn’t getting it. So, I hammer him over the head with a passive-aggressive plea, or an aggressive plea, for much-needed attention, even if it results in a fight.
A fight is attention, negative, but attention nonetheless.
He knows me so well. He’s usually on to my immature shenanigans. He doesn’t take the bait and instead gives me a hug and asks, “what’s up?” He knows my obnoxious cry for attention is…
There has never been a better time to be a creative. But not everyone sticks with it. They come in bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and leave when things don’t go according to plan or get too hard. They give up too soon, right before success is about to blossom.
If you want to put a part of yourself in the world and make money online, be wise and set your expectations, so you don’t give up easily.
These truths won’t discourage the serious writer. Nothing will stop you if you love to write and want to earn money from putting words onto…
There’s a lot of advice in the blogosphere. Lots of how-to-make-it-as-a-successful-writer advice. Much is non-sense. Follow this format for a viral hit, and you can make thousands of dollars from one post.
No one knows how to write a viral hit.
If they did, they would write one each time.
When something goes viral (I’ve had more than a dozen on this platform and several short-form viral hits on a few other social media platforms), it’s a collision of timing, luck, great headline, and quality writing. When those targets collide, something goes viral. I read the best post the other…
Guess what, ladies!? Governor Abbot of the great state of Texas is going to rid the streets of rapists, so we no longer have to worry about not having autonomy over our bodies. Big daddy Abbot is going to protect us. Phew. For a second there, I was really worried about being forced to carry and birth a baby I didn’t want.
No, now I’m totally OK with the state of Texas having control over my reproductive organs and my life for the next twenty years since Abbot figured out how to stop men from raping us.