The food on your plate and the water in your glass and the sound of your lover's voice should make you feel more grateful than how happy you get when someone likes what you wrote on social media. That your next inhale will not be dedicated to the regime of some psychopathic dictator should provide… Continue reading Note to self: be grateful you idiot
Some teachers of writing teach their students that writing leads to wealth. These teachers are correct. Yes, writing can lead to wealth. That is one thing that writing is capable of doing. If you're very, very good at articulating your thoughts, people will eat out of the palm of your hand. Some teachers of writing… Continue reading Splitting Sentences: You’re Not A Writer Unless You’re Pissing Someone Off
It's 11:11 pm. I can't sleep. My favorite cure for insomnia? Talking to you about how I make stuff. This is how I designed the musical sound clippy intro thing for Nate Kadlac and Reza Saeedi's podcast It's Gotta Be The Mic. (Oh and by the way, if you're a creator and want to learn… Continue reading How I Design: Creating A Musical Sound Clippy Intro Thing for It’s Gotta Be The Mic Podcast
Write 250-500 words to a friend. Tell this friend how much you appreciate them. Share what you wrote with no one else but this friend. Don't talk about it on social media. This is between you and them. You don't need to get all lovey dovey mushy wushy. Write about what you see in this… Continue reading This is the toughest writing challenge.
(Listen on YouTube/Spotify) People will never give you their time, or their money, or recommend you to a friend, unless they trust you. Trust is a currency. Trust is something you can gain and lose. You earn trust by being reputable. You earn trust by holding yourself accountable. You declare what you are going to… Continue reading Starting from Zero: Transactions Are Built on Trust
Warm. "I could be creative." Getting warmer. "I was creative before, but..." Colder! "I am creative." Yes! Bingo! You're on fire. Yes, you're creative. Of course you're creative. I'm always amazed to see creators put forth their work, and yet they believe that their impact isn't enough. Daily drawings of animals and nightly blog posts… Continue reading “I might be creative.”
Lifting? Simple. Writing? Simple. Reading? Simple. Eating? Simple. Running? Simple. There are countless organic mechanisms in your body, interacting in a complex system, just so that you can bite, chew, and swallow a cream cheese bagel. Life is simple on the surface, but complicated down below. I went for a run on the beach this… Continue reading Simple
The alarm buzzes and my phone vibrates. But I'm not vibrating. I'm still sleepy. I hit the snooze button. I close my eyes, but I stay awake. I open my eyes. 5:30 A.M. Half an hour passed since the alarm went off. I'm a morning person, not a waking up person. For Christmas I got… Continue reading Where have you been all your life?
I just finished some work on a project. Now what? I could work on that, or I could work on that, I could sign up for this, I could schedule that, tweet this... Or, at least for the time being, I could do nothing. Hopping around from one task to another leaves us no time… Continue reading What do I do next?
Podcasters often ask me to give feedback on their podcast. I can't give specific feedback for each podcast because it's such a personal medium that it's like trying to review someone on yelp. But what I can do is share the most important principles of podcasting. In my never-ending quest to share everything I know,… Continue reading How to Make a Podcast Better Than the One You Have Now