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How to Cure Writer’s Block

What do you do when you are staring at a blank screen on your computer when you are supposed to…

What do you do when you are staring at a blank screen on your computer when you are supposed to be writing?  No words are coming to mind.  No ideas are flowing.  Fingers rest frozen on the keyboard.  What do you do when the empty paper is begging to be used and filled with words and a story?

The same thing you do when your oven stops working Christmas Eve and the Christmas meal is in jeopardy, borrow the neighbors.  Maybe don’t borrow your neighbors writings but borrow what makes their oven work.  A spark.

Identify your writing problem much like diagnosing an oven that stops working.  Is the power on.  Yes.  Does the gas work.  Yes, the stove top works but the oven does not.

Are you ready to write in a good creating space?  Yes.  Have you removed distractions and you’re able to focus on your work?  Yes.

We were finally able to diagnose the problem with the oven.  The oven has an ignition switch serving as a pilot light that lights the oven.  The ignition switch was broken and so was our Christmas tradition of cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning.

The ignition switch is similar to the passion that is needed to start writing.  Without the passion to tell a story or flesh out an idea that is inside of you there are no results.  Find the passion to write and find your screen and paper covered in words that you can’t type fast enough.  That’s what passion can do for writing.

The Christmas meal was saved by our next door neighbors.  They were going out of town and offered their oven for us to use for the day.  Your writing can be saved too by tapping into what you are passionate about.  Find that subject matter and save yourself from writer’s block.

When you find you can’t write or create, tap into that passion and ignite your writing once again.  Write what you are passionate about, it only takes a spark.


ignite your passion with a spark pic by: Mervyn Chan

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My YouTube Experience

Any creator on YouTube would admit the experience is like riding a roller coaster.  That goes from someone uploading videos with no…

Any creator on YouTube would admit the experience is like riding a roller coaster.  That goes from someone uploading videos with no adsense account (ability to make money) to Logan Paul.  Roller coaster.  Up and down.  Throw in varying speeds and break downs without warning.

At the time I’m writing this we have been uploading videos to our YouTube channel for 3 years.  We started off without an upload routine and simply filmed and uploaded when we could.  The more videos we made, the more fun we had.  The more fun we had, the more views we got.  The more views we got, the more our subscriber count grew.

We were now filming a toy unboxing/review or challenge video five days a week Monday through Friday.  We added Saturdays and Sundays every now and then.  This continued for 2 years.  Then we added a daily vlog for a period of time on top of the other five videos a week.  Twelve videos a week.  Crazy right?

We just took a month off.  The break was nice.  We almost quit YouTube twice.  Your channel will eventually slow down.  For one reason or another it just will.  Call it the algorithm, blame it on your audience, maybe it’s your content or maybe you just fail to use common sense when creating content for your channel.

Each time I was determined to give it one more try and revive our channel.  By this time I had invested a lot into this channel and it was important to me, my family and some of our audience.  Those pushes propelled us both times.  We found new life and continued to grow.

No matter the size of the channel, views, money made or money spent we all have similar experiences.  We all started our channels and watched for the first subscriber.  Who wasn’t a family member or friend.  We all tracked our subscriber count for milestones.  To this day hitting 100 subscribers was my favorite.

People think about the stories that they hear of creators making millions of dollars on YouTube.  They don’t realize that it’s hard work.  Come up with an idea for the video.  Film the video.  Edit the video.  Create the thumbnail.  Craft the title, keywords and tags for SEO so your video can be found or suggested.  Then do it all over again the next day.  Or whatever your film schedule is.

When I told people we did YT it never failed.  They always said, “I should do that.”

My response was always the same, “You should.  It’s hard work.  It will take you years before you make any money.  You will want to quit before you see a dime.”

Their response was, “Really, why did you do it?”

“Because my daughters wanted to do it.”  We didn’t do it to make money.  In fact I didn’t think anyone would watch our first video.  I didn’t think anyone would want to subscriber to our channel.  I also thought my kids would get tired of it just like we all do with something new.

We did it to make videos and upload them to YouTube.  We did it to watch the videos and smile and laugh at the funny things that happened.

We didn’t make a dime for years but that was ok.  That wasn’t our goal.

That’s why 100 subscribers was my favorite milestone.  Because it was shocking to me.  I couldn’t believe it.  I couldn’t believe 25, 50 or 82 really.  Any number outside of family and friends.  100 people said yes to our channel and our family.

I have plenty of positives to share about our time on YouTube.

-I got to sit between my two girls and have fun for two plus years reviewing toys and doing fun challenges.

-We stockpiled memories of our family while Vlogging over the past few years and we watch them back with pure enjoyment.

-We’ve made lifelong friends all over the United States and throughout the world really.

-Trips to New York, California and Kansas City to meet up with other YouTubers.

-We got sent toys and products to review, for FREE!  That still boggles my mind.  A company took the time to send us a product for us to talk about on our channel.  Amazing.

My new saying is: Create what makes you happy and find the love of sharing it with everyone.

YouTube has given me and my family the opportunity to do that for three plus years with our audience of over 120,000 people.  That audience took time to build.  Just like anything worth creating or working hard for.  46 million views later our channel still goes on.  Why?  Because we still enjoy making videos and creating memories to enjoy for years to come.


create what you love pic by: Mark Cruz

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There’s No Substitute for Doing the Work

There really is no substitute for doing the work.  I’ve looked. Here let me help you.  Want to write a…

There really is no substitute for doing the work.  I’ve looked.

Here let me help you.  Want to write a book?  If you spend more time preparing to write than you spend writing you aren’t doing the work.


I know and understand that there are helpful podcasts (I’ve written about them), amazing books to read (I’ve recommended them), inspiring authors to follow and subscribe to (I’ve sung their praise in this blog), blog posts to read (I’ve linked to them) and newsletters (I’m subscribed to some with more than one email account) to make you a better writer and help get you published.

Hear me out on spending time getting better and how it’s no substitute for doing the work.


The books you are reading, the podcasts you are gaining inspiration from are a huge waste of time if the inspiration doesn’t move you to do the work.

I start my day with five to six emails in my inbox with 10 tips, 3 easy ways and 1 big key to how I can write a book in twelve weeks.  I had to start deleting them.  I was reading these tips and then clicking on another link to download my free book to make me a better writer.

The tools, advice and knowledge you acquire are steps.  If you aren’t careful the steps become a machine.  A stair master circulating over and over with no destination in sight.  The steps and tools to make the job easier are worthless if you don’t use them to do the work.

Let the steps give you strength to become a better writer and climb the stairs that lead to your first book.  Repeat the process with the next goal in mind and do the work to achieve it.

You deserve to reach the top. Stop substituting training for doing the work.

Do the work.


Writing this post has made a big connection with me.  I now know that I don’t want to write a weekly newsletter that hinders doing the work.  I want it to challenge you to do the work.

By now you probably have your positive steps of training and tools to sharpen you.  Let me by your glass of cold water to the face in your inbox.  Honest, up close and personal.

There’s No Substitute for Doing the Work!

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Don’t Quit, Get Better

  James Altucher Show Ep. 303 – Jeff Goins: Real Artists Don’t Starve. This was a great episode.  Jeff Goins‘…


James Altucher Show Ep. 303 – Jeff Goins: Real Artists Don’t Starve.

This was a great episode.  Jeff Goins‘ story and success from 12 subscribers to his blog to writing 4 books and building his own success is inspirational.  I wasn’t one of the 12 but I’m pretty sure I was one of the first few thousand.  I’ve been following him for years now and observing his dedication always motivates me.

I love James’ podcast.  It’s like sitting at a table next to his at a coffee shop where he’s having a conversation with someone.  If you find yourself needing a little extra inspiration James Altucher is the guy.  Just listen to his story about how he pulled himself off the floor, more than once.

They were talking about an amateur becoming a master.  (around the 48:20 mark) Jeff said, “Nobody is going to believe in you until you do.  I don’t think we fake it ’til we make it but we do believe it ’til we become it.”

He explained that it was an act of faith.  “You see that something is possible you have vision for it but you aren’t there yet and you are humble about it.”

Earlier they had talked about practicing and acquiring skills.   Acting like an apprentice.  “When Michaelangelo started his career he wasn’t that good because we are all not that good when we start out.”

Then James interrupted with an idea as it hit him, “Whenever you start something you love doing you are going to be bad.  And you are going to know it.  Because you love it so much you’ve already studied and appreciated the nuances of the masters and you’ll realize oh my God I am so many standard deviations away from mastership and it’s depressing.  A lot of people, 99% of you will give up.

Jeff then shared Richard Bach’s quote:

A professional is an amateur who never quit.

How true is this?  I had all these flashbacks in my mind to short lived beginnings of starting something I loved.  Not just giving up but the mimicked bowing down action as I slowly walk away backwards whispering “I’m not worthy.”

It’s ok not to be good when you start out.  None of us are.  The question is whether or not you give yourself the chance to get better.


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Balance in Art

  Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Balance Balance is one of the key principles of design.  One that we don’t have to…


Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Balance

Balance is one of the key principles of design.  One that we don’t have to forcefully consider but are drawn to naturally.

We slip into virtual reality drawing lines with our eyes slicing a symmetrical picture in half automatically.  It’s one of those natural reflexes we do without thinking.

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Asymmetrical art provides a mind game as we solve and separate the differences we find created by the artist.  When we find it, it’s beautiful.

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Finding a balance in writing came up in a recent conversation I had with a friend.  You know, finding a balance so that you don’t tip over and fall flat on your face.  Ok not that extreme but the balance of two important things, creating what you love and audience.

Searching for that balance can create harmony when you piece the two together.

finding balance

Find Balance in Creating what you Love and Creating for your Audience

Creating what you love.  Having an audience.  It’s tough to balance when you depend on the opinion of an audience.  It’s one of the first tasks you have as a writer or creator.

An artist that creates what they love = a happy artist.

An artist that can’t find anyone else that loves what they create = an unpaid artist.

An artist who creates what others love enough to buy it = a happy paid artist.

The balance is found when you create what you love and share it with the audience that loves it as much as you do.

That’s the harmony we search for.  Keep creating what you love.  Keep sharing that love so that it can be discovered by those who will support and appreciate what you created.  Create today.

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