Even if you don’t feel ready.

Look up.

The joy of tiny projects.

Schedule “life” first.

Get out of the cart.

As long as it takes.

Today is a great day to be alive.

Today might be full of surprises.

What’s their name?

How can I make this feel amazing?

What would you say?

Want to be part of this?

The Internet Pledge.

Technology, peace, and sanity.

The smallest thing.

All the awkward firsts…

Give it to yourself.

Hearts can change.

You might be the only one.

Public speaking tips for introverts. (Like me.)

When your brain is so crammed, so stressed…

What’s your Plan Z?

We can be scared together.

12 interesting topics you could write about.

You are not boring.

Do you need that?

Here comes the wave.

10 questions for mid-year reflection.

How do you find clients and customers?

Marketing = Making art.

What is your “dough”?

How to structure a helpful article, blog post, or story.

Not sure what to write about?

I was here.

You can make excuses or you can make progress.

You’re going to be judged.

Please don’t cancel.

How to choose your purpose.

I can’t tell “that story”…

You have a voice. You have a conscience. You have a heart.

What else?

This one’s for you.

3 ways to become a strong, confident, and consistent writer.

The love list: tools, books, music, projects & people that I love and recommend. [2017]

On hiding, censorship, and the impossible task of trying to please everybody.

It’s worth it.

If you want to be a professional writer…

Try to stay here if you can.

Read this if: you are anxiously searching for your life purpose.

When your project just doesn’t “take off.”

“Arrogant. Yucky. Can’t do it.”

Full strength black coffee.

That’s a thing you can do???

It’s worth the risk.

Whatever you can do.

Tiny is big.

A letter to my mom.

Just one true story.

A chronology of my life as a professional writer.

Be the lighthouse.

Do something cool.

How to tell a great story – onstage.

He’s waiting. She’s listening.

How to make your point.

When you “don’t have time” is when you need it most of all.

Figure it out.

Closing the gap.

You’ll never be done.

Good Question: Traditional publishing or self-publishing?

Like it used to be.

18 places to check out if you’re visiting Portland.

Devotion & slow poached eggs.

We can change.

It all matters.

Take the initiative.

How to write a manifesto.

Just so you know…

5 questions to ask yourself on New Year’s Day… or any day.

15 holiday gift ideas. (Mostly “experiences.” Not much “stuff.”)

37,376 minutes to go…

The love list: tools, books, music, projects & people that I love and recommend. [2015-2016]

One letter can change your life — or someone else’s.

What if you didn’t give up?

Will anyone come to my party?

What if your job didn’t exist?

Show some respect for the brave.

Dude. Stop yelling at the cat.

7 beautiful writing projects that you can finish in a single day. (Or even… just a few minutes.)

How to avoid being someone’s “assistant” for the rest of your career and finally do your own thing.

How to love your work… even when you don’t love your work.

Crank up the light.

No regrets.

How to be more interesting than a phone.

The “Phone People.” Be afraid. Be very afraid…

Is it possible to run a business without using social media?

Why I don’t use social media anymore.

Gym rats & bookworms! Choose a fitness program you will love… based on your favorite type of book.

The kitchen is waiting.

Good Question: My client isn’t getting “results” and she’s upset… with me. Now what?

How hard are you trying, really?

Everything changes now if you say so.

Productivity secrets that I learned from a sexy chef.

This might help you stick with your fitness goals.

Good Question: I want to get started as a copywriter. What should I do?

How to get “back on track” with a goal when you’re backsliding.

What to do when a friend is grieving — and you don’t know how to help.

I’m proud of you.

You are a grown up. Do what you want.

When you die you won’t care about emails.

Good Question: How can I follow up with potential clients who aren’t responding?

5 writing ideas for people who have “no time to write.”

The six types of motivation.

The power of “I am.”

Keep writing the damn alphabet.

Trying is always worth it.

I’m not lying. It’s just that the truth has changed.

Tell me everything.

Whatever it takes.

Three rules for a sexy, successful relationship. [grown ups only. kids: avert your eyes]

Not in my presence.

How to cleanse your calendar & life: part two [the hard part]

How to cleanse your calendar & life: part one [the easy part]

Oh yes. You can.

Let the training begin.

Always one more time.

Get some courage. Give some courage.

Be done with what’s done. Let it burn.

Hard is not a reason.

Make today a “Mel Brown Smile” kind of day.

Empty the tank.

Email guidelines for the world.

Mind if I join you?

What you do is who you become.

Good Question: Why am I not doing that one thing I really want to do?

Keep the channel open.

Dig deep.

10 slow and difficult steps to moderate success.

Temporary discomfort. It’s worth it.

Your life is a hot date. Show up.

What are you capable of giving?

Good Question: What are your favorite sex toys?

Get into your angry place.

14 questions to ask yourself before starting a book project.

Sweep your street well.

Today is not over yet.

I wonder what kind of battle they are fighting today?

How to set goals & commitments that you’ll actually keep.

What do you want to remember?

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

5 questions for a bright, clear and focused new year.

What’s your choice?

50+ ways to make money as a writer.

Email subject lines that I would love to see in my inbox.

33 prompts to unlock new blog posts and stories that need to be told.

Poem: Pick up the bottles.

Poem: The goal

Poem: Home.

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