creativity // inspiration


The ultimate guide to naming your “thing.”

    Hooray! You’ve got an AMAZING idea for a “thing.”   A book. A product. A service. A performance. An experience. Or a simple, helpful tool. It’s all fleshed out in your mind. Or maybe it’s already done! There’s just one thing holding you back. It doesn’t have a “name,” yet. Let’s fix that….

Downsizing your joy? Stop that. Let us be happy for you.

    When I was 17 years old, a lovely English teacher told me to read Anna Karenina. For those of you who aren’t literature dweebs, like me, Anna Karenina is an 832-page novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. It’s very tragic and very dense and very “complicated,” in that way that makes you…

Tired of waiting? Great. Start creating.

    A few moments ago, I finished up a writing project for one of my clients — some saucy language to announce the pilot episode of her brand new TV show, which is bursting into the world in, like, minutes. My clients launch things all the time — shows, books, digital programs, product lines….

How to write a book. (See also: complete anything.)

    Wants + dreams, scribbled inside a journal I wrote for Potter Style. Photo by Leslie.       Couple days ago, a Twitter pal popped a question, aimed at me + another writer whose work she admired:   “I really want to write a book but don’t know where to start. Please help!”…

Craving s-p-a-c-e to focus on that One Big Project? Last call to write + play in a magical island paradise. (Meet me there.)

        When the friendly folks at the Madeline Island School of the Arts reached out to me, and asked if they could host one of my writing workshops in their space, my very first thought was:   “Gee, that’s very sweet. And flattering. But, um … who’s going to want to travel…