Posts in No Creative Left Behind
On half finished writing projects

There's nothing more tempting than giving up a project half-way through...

You don't have to tell me. I have about a million unfinished works that may never see the light of day, ever. I have the ones I'm uncaring about getting finished, but then I have the big ones that I feel gut-wrenchingly guilty about because of how much I believe they would benefit and entertain the world.

I'm guessing the project you're talking about now is one of those projects. Unfortunately, no matter what project it is, it takes the same amount of work to complete - but here's what you need to remember when you've been in a project for so long the magic has faded (and how to get it back).

You’re not in the honeymoon period anymore, and that's okay. 

It wasn't always that way, but things change. Sooner or later you have to accept the new circumstances so you can adapt, and start making changes.

The grass isn't greener on the other side; the grass is greener where you water it. 

I don't know who first said that quote, but it's stuck with me since I first heard it. Even if you feel you're struggling, it doesn't mean it's time to look for a new, shinier project and throw all your hard work away. Things can get better if you put the effort into making it happen.

You believed in yourself and the project once, never forget that.

It’s impossible to finish a creative work without belief in yourself, but it's possible to restore it. Just because you're not at the bright-eyed infatuation stage of your creative work doesn't mean that where you are right now isn't okay.

It doesn't mean you can't make it better.

It doesn't mean you're not exactly where you're supposed to be.

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Comparison is a challenge from the universe

When you're comparing yourself to others, you're receiving a direct message from The Universe. So it's time for you to start listening to your emotions.

When we compare ourselves or envy others, it's actually not for the reasons we assume. It's actually not because they have better looks, more talent, or more money.

We compare ourselves to others when we feel they have something more that we believe is out of reach for us.

We're really admiring the intangibles. Their courage, their perseverance, their willingness to show up in the world. And we're wondering to ourselves whether we have what it takes to be like them, to exhibit those qualities for ourselves.

The #wholewriter within you knows that these qualities are inside you...but you're just not allowing yourself to use them. That's why seeing these qualities in others is becoming a negative experience.

Comparison is a reflection of what you are not allowing yourself to do.

I repeat:

@@Comparison is a reflection of what you are not allowing yourself to do.@@

You can become more skilled in any area of expertise if you make the conscious decision to do so. There's nothing stopping you - except, of course, the fear you might fail. Or the worry that it might be hard. Or the struggle because right now, your favourite TV show is on.

Every day, in every moment, this is how you actively discourage yourself from living your dreams.

I know you want it, but you're afraid. Which is why it's much easier to hate on others, or throw a big ol' pity party for yourself, instead of facing up to the fact that to be like this person you admire, something has to change.

The only difference between you and them is the choices they've made.

The Universe is challenging you to face up to your biggest fears.

It's challenging you start giving yourself more chances. 

It's challenging you to become the person others compare themselves to.

Are you up for the challenge?

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How do I need to prepare?

If there are no physical or physiological reasons for your lack of creative work, then all it takes is a mindset shift.

You've got to take matters into your own hands and remind yourself, “I have the power to change this.

If you’re not living an intentional life, you’re living an unintentional one. Your entire lifestyle is a choice you’re making (or not making) every single day. As Lewis Howes once said:

“Every moment you get to choose how you show up in the world, and how the world shows up to you.”

So here is the question you need to meditate on if you're not making the impact you want to during the day:

How do I need to prepare?

How do I need to prepare? How do I need to prepare for this work? How do I need to prepare for this day?

Close your computer.

Grab a pen.

Take five minutes to write down the answers to those questions, and you will turn your whole day around. Because often that's all it takes to stop the endless chatter in your mind; the overwhelm, the confusion and despair.

Just one step at a time, one simple practice at a time, that's all it takes.

Being intentional is all about, well…the intention. There needs to be an expectation and intention behind every day. Without that, it’s too easy to fall back into the mediocre life that has already carved out for you.

Stop letting the worries rattle around in your head and get it all out on paper. Make a plan.

Prepare for more.

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3 things you need to write a book this year

Have you ever wondered what it actually takes to write a book? What you actually need to take the dream out of your mind and set it into motion?

There are three things I wouldn't have survived without. And you might be surprised because they're actually not that outrageous or expensive or out of reach - so if you want this year to be the one, this is for you.

Get some support: accountability is the key.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it make a sound?
If someone strives for a goal and no one cares, does it matter if they fail?

It’s too easy to default back to procrastination when no one is supporting you or your goals...waaay too easy.

Most of us don't have the strength to be accountable for ourselves even if we want it more than anything. No one is watching so we start slacking, then we realise that no one cares, which allows you to slack even more.

There's nothing like a community of people either learning together or going for the same goals to make big things happen. Nothing like a reality-check from your personal board of directors to help you make the one snap decision that changes your life. 

You need accountability in your creative life, and help finding it...which is where I come in (because I can help you get the RIGHT type of accountability).

Get some clarity: acquire the right kind of knowledge to move forward with your goals.

It's my life’s work to help you get creative and paid, and not by a fluke. It’s a passion and a craft that I've practiced and preached and earned from for years...so that you don’t have to.

You can now come right to the source, and get the results you’ve been yearning for your entire life. 

Imagine if there was a step-by-step framework that could help you navigate the hard parts. Imagine if you could use 15 principles as a roadmap to your success, always knew how to move forward with your creative projects, and were never hindered by your anxieties, insecurities or fears ever again. How's that for clarity?

Get some empowerment: so you can do the exciting (but hard) work

Listen to me closely, now, and answer honestly. Do you want it? Do you really want this? 

Then you should value a longer term strategies that will serve your writing career for a lifetime, over the fleeting joy of a quick scam weekend. If 12 weeks sounds too long to you, you're not in it to win it.

Work, actual work must happen for you to achieve the success you want. That doesn't change no matter how much you try to wriggle out of it and procrastinate and complain. But when you're empowered it can be fun. You can be unstoppable. 

The sooner you empower yourself with the right practices, principles and tools, the better.

This is why you needed to be in The Authorship Program® online course, like, yesterday.

But don’t worry…there’s still time!

The Authorship Program® online course does all three of these things - it provides you with 12 weeks of all the SUPPORT, CLARITY and EMPOWERMENT you could ever need on your journey to become the world’s next bestselling author. 

This is a multimedia experience that shows you how to use spirituality and personal development to break through any creative challenge. Using holistic approaches and 15 guiding principles, it works through 100+ of the most common anxieties, insecurities and fears writers have around writing and the writing life. This 12 week program offers you a complete makeover that will transform your mind and spirit. By the end of the experience, you will feel rejuvenated, confident, brimming with fresh new ideas, and completely prepared to break through any creative challenge

This program is way more than your average course: it’s an all-around guide to surviving the writing life. You'll come out of this program with a complete system for finding mentors, boosting productivity and for creating the life you’ve always dreamed of.

So, you've decided that you're worth it, right?
You've decided that the world needs what only you can offer. You've decided that your time is now.

It's time to CHALLENGE yourself to step up and level up your writing game in just 12 weeks.

What would you do if you weren't crippled by insecurities? What would you be writing now? What would you be sharing? How would you be living?

This is how you find out.

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The reason writers write

Being a writer isn’t a choice...it’s a destiny. 

You can choose to ignore it if you want to.

You can choose not to pick up the pen today and slob out on the sofa instead - but there’s only so many days you can evade your purpose without starting to feel like a huge epic failure, and that’s a fact. Am I right?

There are hundred of glorious moments as a writer, but there are also a lot of times where we all wish it was easier. So, if you’ve ever looked at your manuscript and thought to yourself: 

“Why couldn’t I have had an easier lot in life? Why did The Universe hand this purpose down to me?”

Here’s the groundbreaking revelation you need to understand: 

Your life's purpose is not about you.

You weren’t given a purpose in life for your benefit - it was given to you so you can benefit the world. You have a duty to fulfil, and only in fulfilling it will you find your rewards.

Instead of thinking about how hard and unfair it is, think about how many reader's lives you'll touch. Think about how many people will smile as a result of your words, and how many people will be inspired by you throughout your career.

If you decided not to bring your stories into being, no one else in this world would. No one else could.

And that’s a wonderful reason to stick at it.

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Traditional writing advice doesn't work

Most traditional writing blogs today are inane, outdated, and just generally unhelpful. 

You know the ones - they talk about plot points and characterisation, sentence structure and three story arcs. When I'm stuck on a project, I have never gone to a traditional writing craft blog, read an article and been like: "Oh wow! I'm cured now!"

These blogs have their purpose, for a small segment of well adjusted creatives looking to expand their education, but they're next to useless for the issues that way more writers actually need help with - like creative blocks and feelings of worthlessness. 

If knowledge on its own was enough to inspire action and solve writing blocks, everyone and their mothers would have written a book by now - which proves that writing craft blogs just aren’t enough. Never have been, never will be. And I’ll tell you why:

They don’t speak to the part of you that’s scared.

Writing takes so much more than facts and figures and we all know this. And therefore, it’s not craft posts we need — it’s courage.

How often do we trawl through posts online, searching for something different, something new, something more? That’s not because we don't know the mechanics of how to write. It's because we're looking for permission - something to give us the fire to do everything we deeply want to do, the things that are burning inside our souls. It's not just about the technical side, but the emotional side, too. 

Writing advice needs to be practical, but also spiritual, for the times you feel like giving up on it all and need that extra boost of worldly encouragement. 

And THAT is what holistic writing advice is all about.

So let’s end reading craft blogs and feeling productive without having anything to show for it, and let's focus on what really works.

Writing advice with soul beats boring grammar tips, every time.

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