April, 2013

6 things to know about writing epic sh*t

Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people. — Seth Godin


If you spend time online blogging and/or creating, sooner or later you’ll run across the advice to write epic shit, which is part of creating cool shit, which is part of being awesome.

All of which helps you stand out against the noise.

I love that advice, even if it seems incomplete. Not only does it appeal to the go-big-or-stay-home part of my soul (plastered with motivational posters), I think it’s true. When you look at the A-listers who set themselves apart from the rest, you see it wasn’t just perseverance that got them there. They have the charisma and curve appeal that comes from being epic. They embody what they do, because what they do is who they are and nobody else could be a Danielle Laporte or Gary V or Seth Godin or Marie Forleo in the same way.

Which doesn’t stop people from trying.

Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You figure out who you are partly by imitating those who attract you and noticing the places where your style falls away from theirs – and then exploring ( and exploiting) those points of difference. click here

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Apr 19, 2013 · 10 Comments / ADD YOURS

how to be lost

Something entered your life and pulled it out of whack.

It might have been as subtle as longing or as shattering as death or divorce. It forced you into the unknown. You look up and realize you’re lost.

Disoriented, you have entered a new way of being, a new country of you. This is how a hero’s journey starts – stepping to your ragged edge, and beyond.

The journey makes you. Being lost is a creative process, a re/vision of self.

Creativity happens in stages. There’s a period of defining the problem. What questions are you asking? What if you took the click here


Apr 17, 2013 · 5 Comments / ADD YOURS

11 quick + dirty things about writing

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
― Sylvia Plath


If you have the calling to write, do yourself a favor and listen close. It won’t go away. It will chafe and grow inside you, a hard determined pearl.

If you wait too late to start, you will regret it.

Start now. What the hell. Buy a notebook and pen and go somewhere on your lunch hour and write something, anything, even if you’re just writing about not having anything to write. Enjoy the play of language. Get to know your mind in the way that only your writing can show you. click here


Apr 11, 2013 · 23 Comments / ADD YOURS

how to unlock personal truth through intuitive writing

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. Anais Nin

Here’s an interesting exercise. You might surprise yourself.

Take a piece of paper and pen. (Yes, you have to get all oldschool on this. No laptops allowed.) Write down the question

If I were an animal, what animal would I be and why?

Clear your mind.

Write down your answer.

Now….switch your pen to your other hand, your nondominant writing hand, and keep it there. click here


Apr 10, 2013

the ones for me are the wild ones

the ones for me are the wild ones
who like to burn at both ends

and light the way

the creative is the shadow
country where you know you must go.
you must step outside your civilizations.
you must give up being a lady click here


Apr 4, 2013 · 7 Comments / ADD YOURS

10 power lessons about creativity from an unexpected source

“Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” ― Samuel Beckett

I was at a dinner party in Beverly Hills when the hostess surprised us all with a visit from a poledancer.

The poledancer was not a stripper. She was a dancer and athlete who had recently won some kind of national poledancing championship. She spun her body around the pole like an acrobat, we applauded wildly, and she offered to teach us a move or two.

I eagerly volunteered, despite a back that was acting up. (You can see it in this video clip, which ends with a move I invented myself and like to call, Oh f*ck, my back.) click here


Apr 1, 2013 · 5 Comments / ADD YOURS
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