A question I get asked a lot: “How do you manage to find all the stuff that you put in your weekly newsletter?”
I’ve gone over the how before, but the how might not be as interesting as the why.
The why is explained in my book, Show Your Work!:
Make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. It’s that simple.
The longer I write this blog and the newsletter, the more I try to focus on what I genuinely love. The stuff that really nourishes and feeds me.
I could probably grow a bigger “audience” with the most recent creativity tips and life hacks or whatever, but that’s not why I started doing this.
I started doing this to find my people. The people who care about the same things that I do.
In other words: You.
Thanks for being here.
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My TEDxPennQuarter talk is centered around a flowchart that compares my own publishing journey with what I was taught in college was the traditional route of becoming a published author. Looking at the chart, it strikes me that no matter what route you take, everything always comes back to the simplest beginning:
Write something good.
It’s easy to get caught up in the madness of the machine, and not get any time to do the thing you love. Brittany Forks said the same thing on her site recently:
The release of my book came and went. There was no big hurrah, no parties, no signings. As I am writing this, it is over a year after my book release, and finally I have climbed out of that depression and I am ready to start creating beautiful things again.
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