Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ali Luke. Back before I had kids, I had a clear idea of how best to write fiction. Ideally, I liked having a solid chunk of writing time — enough for a full creative block, and often a whole morning. This worked … up to a point. […]
Lots of people want to start blogging or sharing their writing online but never start because they get stuck on a bunch of questions that seem really important but ultimately don’t matter when you’re just starting out. “Should I get a website, and, if so, how much should I spend on design?” “What should my […]
Charlie Gilkey shared a great concept with our BOOST coaching group the other week. He talked about how all business owners have a gold mine of “trapped content” – things we’ve already written for other purposes, then forgot about or left behind. “How many times,” he asked us, “have you answered a question in private […]
There’s something about writing that makes it especially easy to procrastinate, even when you’re motivated to do it. An email conversation with a reader got me thinking more about this.
If you’ve ever procrastinated or felt stuck on a writing project, you’ve most likely felt like you don’t have enough time to write or you don’t know what to write about. This trick solves both problems.
I was once told that one of the best ways to recover when you’ve lost your place in a speech is to simply be transparent about the fact that you lost your place. It’s happened to me a couple of times (especially as I’ve started to do more deckless presentations) and, lo and behold, it […]
It’s been an active year of productivity explorations for me. Rather than present conclusions – partially because I haven’t gotten to a point of clear conclusions – I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been experimenting with. This post is part behind the scenes, part meta-productivity, and part assessment of tech options, so, if […]
I’ve had trouble with what this website has been about since the start. This trouble has come in two stripes; one stripe has been talking about what it’s about to others and part of it has been about what it is to me. It was a lot easier back in the day when it was […]
Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of our core conversation, “Extraordinary Women Change the World.” In our last post, Barbara Stafford shares her experience facing adversity in the wild. Today, Elisa Doucette talks about what it actually means to know we are empowered. *** I am a fortunate woman. I do not know what it is to NOT […]
In medias res is the Latin term for the narrative device of starting right in the middle of the story. It means, close-enough-to-literally, into the middle of things. It also happens to be my preferred way of sharing stories, since it seems to the way things are. We’re always in the middle of things. I’ve had […]
One of our Lift Off alums recently asked how to deal with copycats and idea thieves. She’s been rocking it, getting great press, and things are taking off for her – and, as it always happens, copycats and idea thieves have started showing up and taking her work and phrases as their own. One of […]