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What I Learned about Being a Creative Person from Meeting Tom Cruise

With Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation in theaters I thought it’d be fun to repost this article I wrote a couple years ago about Tom Cruise and the art of being yourself.

Have you ever wondered how to express yourself artistically in a way that captures the hearts and ignites the imagination of other people? I have, and I learned the secret as to how when I met Tom Cruise.

Tom Cruise as Maverick

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Writers, Why You Must Beware of the Rejectionists or Risk Utter Failure

There’s a new bandwagon in the writing community, actually, it’s in nearly every community. The trend dictates that it’s okay to fail, in fact, it’s not just okay – you should expect to fail. And if you’re not careful you might jump on, tricked into not living your passion and not striving to achieve your goals.

Indeed, failure is imminent. I’ve even stated as much. But there’s a problem and I discovered it the hard way. (It’s always the hard way, isn’t it?)

Expecting Failure is Not Okay

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How to Care for Your Writing Muse

~ Note: This is a guest post by Lisa Tener, she is the recipient of the Silver Stevie Award for Mentor/Coach of the Year 2014. For a free guided visualization to connect with your inner muse, click here. You can also read Lisa’s book writing blog or find her articles on writing and publishing on the Huffington Post. ~

As writers, we often expect our inner muse to produce on demand. Sometimes it works and sometimes…you know…it starts with feeling a little blocked, turns into dread, you pass by your desk feeling guilty, and then you let the papers pile on your desk to completely avoid writing.

Nature is a powerful writing stimulant.

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How To Thrive as a Writer (But First You Will Fail)

I’m not always comfortable admitting this, but I make mistakes all the time. Some are major blunders, and some are not that serious. All of them make me feel like an idiot on some level. Sometimes I wish I would never fail, make a mistake, or stub my darn toe again.

And yet, without the potential for failure, and actually falling on my face more than a few times, I would never have had any successes. I would never have tried harder, better, and strived to thrive. In fact, I would not have created this blog, and published any books on writing, and tried to connect with you on such a personal level.


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Moving Towards Audacious (Grand Prize Winner)

I want to take a moment today to thank everyone who entered the recent mini writing contest. Thank you! If you didn’t find the time to enter, that’s okay, a new writing contest will be starting soon and you can enter that one if you like.

The aspiring writer

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Secret Revealed: Who the Muse Really Is (and How to Discover Yours)

I ended a recent post with a quote by Stephen King about the muse and I am going to begin this post with the same quote:

There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter…

King believes there is a muse and I wholeheartedly agree with him; furthermore, I’ve discovered exactly who the muse is.

It’s someone you know.

There is a muse.

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How to Make Your Writing Critique Group Flourish

When you’re in a critique group that works for you, it’s the best. They encourage you, provide accountability, as well as teach you how to be a better writer…

Writing critique group

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Why Write? Overcome The Critic (and The Dude!)

Drumroll, please! I present to you the champion of the “How Writing Has Positively Influenced YOUR Life” writing contest: “Why Write” by Troy McLaughlin. Join me in congratulating Troy in the comments below.

I have a friend who loves to write. I’m more along the lines of Hemingway, bleeding on the page. Not literally, but it’s still painful.


It’s doled out by the critic and the dude.

The writing critic and the dude.

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Everyone Needs a Dream Champion

This is the 2nd Place winner for the “How Writing Has Positively Influenced YOUR Life” writing contest. It’s by Lana Pecherczyk. Help me congratulate Lana in the comments. I will post the winner of the contest in just a few days. Stay tuned.

Dream Champion

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How Writing Daily will Positively Influence Your Life

Today I begin presenting the winners of the “How Writing Has Positively Influenced YOUR Life” writing contest with 3rd place, by Cole Nemeth. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. Over the following few days I will be posting all of the winning entries. Stay tuned, and help me congratulate Cole in the comments.


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