Be more like Ani Difranco

The first ingredient in writing is play. How easily we forget. We get ambitious. We grow impatient. We try to stuff it in between appointments. And yes, we write. And our writing serves all kinds of practical purposes (like opening doors and repairing staircases). But...

My favourite productivity tools

Back in January, when I decided this would be the year of my Creative Renaissance (!), I knew one thing would be absolutely critical: I had to become more productive. You’ve heard it before: we all have the same number of hours in a day. How do some people...

Beginnings: a free writing workshop this Thursday

It’s easy to get stumped in the beginning. Maybe your idea sounds great…in the abstract. But when you try to write it up in a clear and compelling way, it falls apart. Or perhaps your blog post or marketing email pours out fully formed, but when you go...

Uber-common and increasingly meaningless words

I don’t need to tell you this, but…the online world is multiplying and morphing at a freaking incredible rate. A fresh new catch-phrase or idea debuts on a Tuesday and has spread to every corner of the web by Friday. By then it’s all over...

How to write like you speak (a checklist)

I’m sure you’ve heard this before: write like you speak, especially online, where copy should conversational. But putting that little gem into practice isn’t as easy as it sounds. What does “write like you speak” actually mean? And how...

How long does it take?

In the beginning of our adventures in entrepreneurship, there’s a lot of uncertainty. Sometimes it feels like money is flowing out of our vulnerable little bank accounts as much as flowing in (business coaching, website design, and fancy programs…and I...

Write with freedom to find your voice

Leaping right in with an almighty question: When do you feel the most free? I’m talking about completely untethered. Limitless. Bathed in golden light. Maybe… On a boat on the ocean, salty wind in your hair… On a dance floor in a fedora, making the...