You’re Not Who They Think You Are

You’re Not Who They Think You Are

So don’t be so damn hard on yourself. I’m not sure what I thought writing success would look like. Less doubt, greater certainty? I suppose less fear or worry too. Shaunta Grimes and I chat a lot about our individual concerns with writing online. We each worry...
Simple Ways To Worry Less

Simple Ways To Worry Less

Small shifts in perspective can help you manage your fears. When I was young, when anybody offered me anything, my mother believed they were just being nice. Her response was always to inundate me with questions and commentary: You told them no, didn’t you? You can’t...
Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

My philosophy about making it big in writing, inspired by a comedian.  Back when I was still in high school, I was a bass clarinetist in the Minnesota All-State Band. One year, we had a conductor from Texas who told a story about his college days in California. You...
Learning to Love What’s Good For Me

Learning to Love What’s Good For Me

A conversation about positive mental hygiene Clearly, I write an awful lot about mental health and parenting — that’s how I got a ‘top writer’ status in both categories here on Medium in less than two weeks of writing. I write constantly. But I don’t write about these...
Rejection Is For Writers

Rejection Is For Writers

There are certain disappointments every writer must face. So you think you want to be a writer? Quit your terrible day job to write whatever you really want to write? It doesn’t have to be an impossible pipe dream. Sure, it’s tough. You have to be willing to put...

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