Unknown Jim

I’m Not Jack Bauer, You Are.

Posted by in Creativity, Dig Deeper, Dreams, Life

I don’t want to boss you around. I simply want to help you do awesome things. I want to be the Scottie Pippen (on the Bulls) to your Michael Jordan (pre-Wizards). I want to be the Tony Almeida (good guy version) or even Chloe O’Brien (less quirky version) to your Jack Bauer. The Trivette to your Walker Texas Ranger. You get the idea. You might not think you need coaching. Even Rambo had Colonel Troutman and the Lone Ranger had Tonto. You might not want to be challenged. I don’t…read more

What Key Question Guides All You Do?

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  I often wonder how can I make a difference? How can I change the world? What can I do to move forward in my dream? But while it is easy to ask “how” or “what”, everything derives from the question “why.” Why gets to the heart of the issue. Why takes away distractions. Why is the reason you get out of bed. Why is your mission statement. Why is your driving force. My why is this—I want to encourage you to use your God-given gifts.  To help you pursue…read more

7 Things I Wish I Knew as a New Writer

Posted by in Creativity, Dig Deeper, Dreams, Life

I’ve been writing seriously for a little over a year and a half. If you don’t know my story, you can read more here. I’ve grown so much in a relatively short amount of time and I’m so honored to know so many fantastic writers. But I’ve also had some challenges along the way: from focusing too much on social media and web traffic, to being obsessed with becoming a carbon copy of the most popular bloggers. I wish I would have focused more on these things instead: 1. Read…read more

Free ebooks are Good. (Here is a Free Copy for You!)

Posted by in Creativity, Dig Deeper, Dreams, Uncategorized

    Community matters. Community can be the difference between shipping or quitting. I am so honored to be a part of a community of writers who want to take action. Recently, the Writers Unite community I lead published an ebook titled Love Poems Deconstructed and it is NOW available!! It’s  TOTALLY FREE and you can get your copy by  clicking–> right here How did this happen? This poetry collection was not something I planned in advance. As I led a #writestuff Twitter chat during February of 2013 and I was frustrated…read more

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I’m the Master of Self-Loathing (and How You Can Not Be Like Me)

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  I woke up this morning in hopes of writing, but instead I paid some bills. I shared a post on Twitter and Facebook. I wasted a fantastic opportunity to really jump start my day but instead did mundane tasks that require little or no energy.   Instead of beating myself up about it, I decided to write about it. I often have an incredible tendency to self-loathe. “When we don’t know who to hate, we hate ourselves.” Chuck Palahniuk What does self-loathing accomplish? Not much at all. It just bottles…read more

The Modern Day Writing Rules (and Why They Don’t Work For Me)

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These are the rules of writing today: 1. Have a blog and post at least 2-3 times a week. 2. Build up web traffic (via Facebook and Twitter). 3. Get as many comments, retweets and likes as possible. 4. Guest post to get even more traffic. 5. Reuse blog posts in ebooks to sell as products. 6. The more products you have the better—even if the products are repetitive. 7. Follow steps 1-6 to get the attention of publishers and build up your audience. I’m sure these rules might work…read more

Faith, Life, and Art Collide

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Over the past week, I encouraged others in an awesome writing group to participate in a blog link up to tackle questions about faith, life, and art. I asked the following questions: How does faith influence your art? What role does it play? Does your faith have implications in what you write? Or just write something about your faith—especially if those questions felt confining. And I’m overwhelmed at the response!   Kirsten LaBlanc wrote this post about the amazing faith of a child. Andrea Hultman shared a poem here as she had…read more

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Blogging Burnout and How to Move Past It (And a Free Ebook!)

Posted by in Creativity, Dig Deeper, Dreams, Life, Uncategorized

Blogging burnout is inevitable. If you aren’t careful, you might even start to hate blogging altogether. The joy is gone and then you go through the motions. What do you do then? Instead of giving up, I realized “It’s Time for a Writing Revolution.” In this short ebook, I will give you some practical steps to help you figure out what you REALLY want to write about. No strings attached—this is my gift to you.   Just click right here ——-> Writing Revolution Ebook –(Right click and select save as…read more

Faith Defined

Posted by in Dig Deeper, Life, Quick Reads

What is faith? Is it religion? Is it opium of the masses? Or is it something in our soul? Faith is hard to define. Sure, love is difficult, but faith is even more complex. It is faith which stops many of us from putting a bullet in our brain. Faith holds us together. Faith helps keep us relatively sane. We all have the heart of a killer. Me? I’m just like Hitler. You? You’re just like Dahmer. We’re as dirty, filthy, and nasty as it gets. Is there any hope…read more

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The Best Way To Figure Out Your Dream

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  You need to do scary things to find your dream. Your dream should not be something comfortable, but rather something that challenges you and stretches you. A dream does not fall in line with the status quo.     Do you have an idea what your dream is?    

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