Just Create

by @thewritermama on April 24, 2015 · 0 comments

Just Create

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Photo by Nicolai Berntsen.

Photo by Nicolai Berntsen.

Thanks to Tiffany Doerr Guerzon for asking me to re-share this helpful resource!

Head spinning with ideas and info after a writing conference?

Conferences are almost always informative and helpful. But it’s what you do with what you learn that makes all the difference. It’s about how you transform a bunch of info overload into action that makes all that learning worthwhile.

Here’s what I recommend: within twenty-four hours of attending a conference, get twenty-five actions written down that you can immediately apply in your career.

You’ll likely do best using this worksheet if you fill it out, from memory, the day after a conference.

It’s not a bad habit to get into while you are emptying out your conference tote bag.

Feel free to download this resource to use whenever. And please let me know if you find it helpful.

Happy conferencing!

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Get ready to notice what happens to your creativity, once you spring clean your thoughts.

I am very excited to announce that my affirmation series, Creative Rx is back, and now it’s better than ever.

Once upon a time, I hosted Creative Rx as one audio affirmation series folks could listen to daily to suss out any negative thinking potentially blocking their creative growth.

Today, Creative Rx is a series of three short videos meant to be watched daily in quick succession. The purpose is to identify and address any negative thinking that might be interfering with your creative growth and success.

The technique behind Creative Rx is simple. You give the affirmations less than ten minutes a day for 21 days, and they give you a creative spring cleaning of your beliefs that can eventually result in a more positive, productive attitude towards yourself, others, and your entire creative process.

What you believe about yourself matters. Negative beliefs about yourself can interfere with your creative growth and even stop you short of achieving your creative potential.

And people with negative thoughts or hard-to-identify fears are not rare. We are normal, in fact. I am sure most people have negative thoughts and fears they are not even aware of.

Suffice it to say that we all deserve to be 100% on our own team. Creative Rx will help you get out of your own way, relax, and create more effortlessly.

Check out what past participants have said, and they did not even use the deluxe version:

Christina’s Creative Rx offers an effective counter-punch to that nagging inner voice of creative self-doubt.  ~ Susan

Creative Rx had helped me recover and maintain the balance I need. I’m a busy mom and professional who often forgets about herself until I run out of “juice” from being over-extended. I’ve found Creative RX to be a quick and simple check-in and reminder to take care of myself.   ~ Judy

Who says simple can’t be effective? Christina’s Creative Rx is both. After about a week of using the tool I found my mindset already shifting in a positive direction that fueled my writing. It was worth taking the five minutes out of my day to “recalibrate” and gear up to do the tasks at hand — and start new ones I’d never attempted before. ~ Lara

I love to start my day listening to Creative Rx. The voice of the instructor, combined with the positive messages puts me on the path to productivity and creativity for the entire day. It lightens my mood and lifts my spirits. I would highly recommend this tool for any person wishing to become more creative in their everyday life. ~  Lisa

Conscious self-awareness can help you re-capture your creative spirit and turn your doubt on its heels. Christina’s Creative Rx helped me overcome the obstacles that my mind was manufacturing, holding me prisoner to my own self-perceived limitations. I am a more confident and creative writer, woman, mother and wife thanks to this tool. ~ Christa H.

Creative Rx cured my cold feet.  Now I’m ready to stop stalling and go for it!  ~ Laura

Users may find this hokey at the outset. I did. But give it a chance. With an open mind it could yield surprising results. It did for me.  ~ Lela

Thinking on these phrases helped me realize how far I have come in life, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and guided me to places to still journey while making me deeply appreciative for the path already traveled.  ~ Christa S.

I believe that Creative Rx has the potential to really help people and not only with their creativity, but in all aspects of their lives!  ~ Courtney

Taking two minutes to remind myself of my good qualities was completely painless. And it’s the quickest and healthiest way I’ve found to quiet my own self-criticism and tap into my best self. You are already good. This tool helps you own that.  ~ Heidi

Sign up for Creative Rx Video Affirmation Series today for only $15. You’ll get unlimited access to the videos for good. You can even send the link to your phone and watch them or listen to them on the go. Whatever it takes to work 6-7 minutes of creative affirmations into every day!

Try Creative Rx for 21 days and you’ll be amazed by how much you learn about yourself, your mind, and how your thoughts affect your daily creative output.

Once you pay for access, you will receive an e-mail confirmation directing you to the videos right here on ChristinaKatz.com.

Don’t let another day go by where you feel like you are struggling instead of creating as much as you can.

Try 21 Moments, and spring clean your thoughts!

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This is a great video by Jane Friedman that provides some historical perspective on the publisher-author relationship and how publishers might improve it today. Her post is called, Do You Love Your Publisher? Author Survey Results.

I am going to summarize what I think is the biggest problem with the author-publisher relationship, from the point of view of the author.

I think it’s the same problem that has always existed with authors and publishers, and it’s an attitude I have been addressing for a long time.

When authors have a “take care of everything and I’ll just write the book attitude,” this does not serve them or publishers.

Jane does a great job in her video of showing how some of the most successful and lasting authors have historically taken books sales into their own hands. Or at least these authors have done what they could to move the needle on book sales with the resources available to them at the time.

The biggest problem potential authors have is a system that is still put in place to perpetuate the idea of “just get discovered and then everything will be all right.”

Look in two places to find this attitude and confront it. First, look for the myth of the rags-to-riches author in the media and in educational outlets for aspiring authors. Do you find stories of “my life was nothing but then I got a publisher, got published, and now I live on easy street and you can, too”?

This story is a lie. There is nothing in this story that is true, so reject it at once whenever and wherever you encounter it. Even if this was seemingly another person’s experience, do not expect to be able to imitate it.

The second place you have to look for this mythology is inside your own mind. If you have a “dream” of becoming an author some day, you will likely be disappointed with the entire process. Becoming an author is not a dream, it’s work, and very hard work.

Getting an idea out of your head and onto the page in a saleable manner and then getting various forms of books into readers’ hands is also a lot of work. It always has been and it always will be. And even then your job as an author is not done. Once the book is done and in people’s hands, you still have to solicit feedback and partner with others who can help you promote and sell your book.

Anne Lamott has a list of life-long advice circulating on the Internet right now. Here’s what she says in it about publishing:

Publication and temporary creative successes are something you have to recover from. They kill as many people as not. They will hurt, damage and change you in ways you cannot imagine. The most degraded and sometimes nearly-evil men I have known were all writers who’d had bestsellers. Yet, it is also a miracle to get your work published (see #1.). Just try to bust yourself gently of the fantasy that publication will heal you, will fill the Swiss cheesey holes. It won’t, it can’t. But writing can. So can singing.

At the end of the day, the “dream” of becoming an author comes up very short when the fantasy is compared to the reality. Do not take advice from anyone who is trying to sell you on the idea that authorhood is easy or that you will become rich from it. These are not reputable coaches. These are hucksters.

Jane shows us how there has historically always been a disconnect between the author fantasy and the author reality. Anne Lamott echoes the failure of publishing to make writers whole. Of course, publishing cannot heal us. But we have to be honest with ourselves about what we are trying to achieve by publishing in order to suss out this false hope in ourselves.

But in her video, Jane hints that the dynamics of publishing are shifting in the digital age. She suggests that independent authors are doing better at collaborating with each other than publishing houses are doing partnering with their authors.

The growth of the indie author movement is teaching authors what we always needed to learn: how to stop fantasizing about being taken care of and how to take business matters into our own hands.

I think it’s time for authors to take publishing off it’s pedestal and put it back where it belongs, where it has always belonged.

Partnering with a traditional publisher is one option a writer has. It is one option of many options. If you don’t have any skills besides writing when you partner with a publisher, then you need to educate yourself. You need to think big picture, not just little picture. You need to follow advice coming from people like Jane Friedman and myself to make sure that you have your expectations in the right place from the get-go. If your expectations are not healthy, your actions will follow them.

To say this another way, don’t let your personal power become dwarfed in partnering with publishers, writers.

Take a note from indie authors, and use any book publishing occasion as an opportunity to build and improve your business skills.

Do not jettison personal responsibility for your publishing success, just because you have a publisher. This will always lead to disappointment.

Better yet, if you have not yet taken 110% responsibility for your publishing success, do it now. And don’t ever let anyone take that responsibility away from you.

Watch Jane’s video and consider how much better your long-term writing and publishing journey will become when you commit to steering your ship, and not turning over the wheel to anyone else to feed an old fantasy that never had any basis in reality anyway.

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