Share your input + be entered to win

I’m working on prepping a class called “Called to Write: How to Align Your Daily Actions with Your Soul’s Deeper Purpose” and I’d love to have your input.

If you can spare a few minutes of your time to fill out a short survey, I would be grateful!

Everyone who participates will be entered into a random drawing to win a print copy of The War of Art or Turning Protwo of my favorite books by Steven Pressfield. Multiple copies are available, courtesy of the lovely Callie Oettinger at Black Irish Books, so there will be multiple winners!

The drawing will be held on Wednesday, August 26th and winners will be announced then.

You can enter the drawing and participate in the survey by clicking here.

Thank you so much!

Calling All Writers, Creative Entrepreneurs, Artists, Activists, and Messengers

Dear writers, creative entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and messengers:

I’m looking to connect with established or up and coming creators of all sorts about “what makes you tick” as I’m developing new offerings for my business.

I have a particular fondness for screenwriters and sci fi and fantasy creators of all types — including writers, screenwriters, directors, etc. — but I am also looking to connect with musicians, painters, activists, artists, and other creative types who feel they have art, a message, or a movement to get out into the world through their creative expression.

I’m doing a combination of surveys and informational interviews by phone right now, designed to help me get more information about what creative types most struggle with and how I might be able to help them get their work into the world. This is a research project.

If you’re willing to help, take my survey online here: If you’re willing to be interviewed, let me know in the survey on the last page and be sure to give me your contact information.

When you complete the survey in its entirety by Wednesday, June 15th and include your contact information, you’ll be automatically entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate.

How cool is that?





p.s. If you feel like leaving me a note on the blog about YOUR biggest challenges getting your creative work out into the world, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

p.p.s. If you know of someone who might be a good candidate for me to interview, please encourage them to take my survey. Thank you!



Creative Visionary Survey Results

The results are in!

A few weeks ago I posted a survey about Visionaries and received wonderful feedback. There were 299 responses.

Here’s the note I sent out with the survey: “If you consider yourself a creative visionary, a leader, a world-transformer, or even someone with a passion for making the world a better place, I’d love to have your input.”

1. What type of visionary are you?
Over 60% of you see yourselves as “Creative Visionaries” followed closely by over 57% who see yourselves as “Spiritual Visionaries.” Since I sent my survey to my list of “highly sensitive souls,” I’m not entirely surprised by the spiritual focus.

Granted that I’ve been focusing on “creative visionaries,” I’m sure my results are skewed in that direction, but nonetheless, I’m interested in this response. :)

(Note: Click on the graphics for a larger view.)

2. Which of these characteristics best describe you?
Then, I asked you to respond with the characteristics you feel best describe you as a visionary, and heard that most of you think of yourselves as “Creative, Outside-The-Box Thinkers” (over 58%), followed closely by “Big Picture Thinkers” (54%), “Transformers of Old Outdated Systems & Paradigms / Challengers of the Status Quo” (52%), and “Thought-Leaders/Forward Thinkers” (51%).

Lots of thinking going on here, which is particularly interesting in the context of the next question.

3. Which of these challenges have you struggled with?
Clearly the biggest issue was “Struggling With My Own Inner Critic” — over 70% of you selected that choice.

Feeling Isolated and Alone” and “Not Having a Peer Group” were also top choices, as well as “Having Too Many Ideas and Not Knowing Where to Start” and “Not Having a Clear Vision But Knowing I’m Meant to Be Doing Something Big.”

My sense is that much of the struggle with the inner critic and the many ideas have to do with getting stuck in our own thinking, not keeping our energy moving, and not being disciplined about choosing ideas to bring to fruition.

Other comments on this question included

  • “Not having good energy boundaries”
  • “Fear of jealousy”
  • “Needing a kick in the butt”
  • “The idea that creative work, such as writing poetry, is selfish. Also, nobody likes a showoff.”
  • “Impatience and disbelief that others could not see what I could see”
  • “Not being taken seriously, ‘heard'”
  • “I find myself staying weighted down with ‘I don’t have the right to be heard and noticed'”
  • “Doing what I want vs should causes mental anguish”
  • “Organizing life to write and making it a priority”

Thank you very much for your participation.

Your comments are welcome — what intrigues YOU about this? What do YOU notice?

New Creative Visionaries Survey

I’d love to have your input on my new survey for creative visionaries. I’m striving to discover what helps creative visionary types succeed and stay on track with what they were put here to do. As part of that effort, I’m looking for information about what kinds of specific obstacles they face. If you’d be willing to share your input, I’d be eternally grateful.

You can find the survey here:

I’ll be sharing the results of the survey here on the blog. You’re also welcome to post comments, ideas, and suggestions.

Happy Holidays!