Treat Your Creativity Like a Blue-Collar Job

Treat Your Creativity Like a Blue-Collar Job

Many aspiring writers view their creativity through a lens of sacredness or specialness or inspiration. As in, “This is my sacred craft,” or, “I’m an important person, a special person, and I have something important to share with the world," or, "I need to cultivate my inspiration."

This is the kind of self-important chatter that will leave you with writer’s block so thick it feels like a 2-ton rock sitting on your chest. 

The Marketing Message Right Under Your Nose

The Marketing Message Right Under Your Nose

We brand ourselves with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest everyday, so we’re less susceptible to being branded by others. We’re more cynical, and less likely to swallow the message that a pair of shoes will improve our basketball game, or a soft drink will help us meet friends.

In an increasingly noisy world, manipulation becomes increasingly less effective. Which is why it’s fading from view.

Self Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

Self Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

As a writer the bottom line is simple: you want to get your books in front of as many readers as possible. This article is about how you can do that. 

There is a lot of talk these days about self-publication, traditional publishing, the fate of bookstores, and digital versus books. We'll take a detailed look at the industry, so you can make the best decision for your book.

The Power of Rejection

The Power of Rejection

Back in June of 2009, I put my house in Philadelphia on the market so I could focus on creating the memoir of Jun Po Denis Kelly, A Heart Blown Open. My house sold in August of 2009 (in two weeks, actually), and I did indeed use the money to fund one year of intensive, 7-days a week writing and editing. 

It would be one the greatest, most foolish, and most rewarding gamble of my life. 

The Future of Art & Art Criticism

The Future of Art & Art Criticism

Art struggles in our postmodern world, where genius has been pronounced dead and mediocrity and irony congratulate one another on their empty existence. A trip to a modern museum of art leaves most of us scratching our heads in confusion.

Cutting-edge art and literature have lost their power over our collective imaginations because they can no longer speak for us in any meaningful way. Art has become an inside joke about an inside joke that fewer and fewer people are interested in hearing. Here's where it might all be heading.