4 Ways to do “Crazy is a Compliment”

October 12, 2014 5 comments


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ABC’s GMA did a promo interview for author/businesswoman Linda Rottenberg’s new book “Crazy is a Compliment” on October 8th (see link above that refused to embed). As Co-Founder and CEO of the company Endeavor, her job — and book — aim to educate and assist existing and potential entrepreneurs to build, grow, and navigate their visions securely, wisely, and profitably. (See link to book: http://buff.ly/1sjsQeW).

It made me wonder why entrepreneurs need to be crazy and writers don’t?

Now that I’ve provided the proper acknowledgements, I’d also like to say that crazy is also a compliment to an author! You have to acquire a little crazy to do what we do. Hello, we make up people!

  • We also make up their whole lives: friends & family, education, personality quirks, love affairs, enemies, and everything else that a life is built on and around.
  • We talk to them, dream about them, and fall in love with them.
  • We want them to achieve success so others also get to know and love these children of our brains.
  • Sometimes we are compelled to write a series to keep them alive.
  • I know authors who have started collections of their characters’ clothing & makeup on Pinterest!

If that’s not crazy, what is?

Ms. Rottenberg’s book cover states that you must use the power to zig when everyone else zags. One of her own quotes says:
      “If people aren’t calling you crazy, you aren’t thinking big enough.”

So I came up with four examples of how an author (me) can use the ‘crazy’ compliment (or should I say complement).

1. Rage against the normal, everyday boring

In your job, in your plots and storylines, in your housekeeping and cooking, this keeps your boss confused, your writing fresh, your family intrigued, and your brain busy looking for the next opportune adventure.

2. Find ways to merge your trained skills with your innate gifts.

I’m working recipes into my books because I love to cook and try new recipes. Also because we feed (nurture) those we love, so to me food means love, and I write Romance. Both are skills; both are gifts. I would feel the work boring if I just wrote cookbooks.

3. Create your message from your mess.

That’s not mine to own, but one of the best expressions I heard this year. I had named my blog ‘Life is Messy,’ so I picked right up on it. You carry something inside you that’s your mess. That thing that you continually try to hide and control, or forget, or correct. Personally, I’ve spent a lifetime trying to assimilate thought patterns I should have been taught as a child. I literally thought I didn’t know how to think! Yup … crazy.

Well, there are others carrying around the same mess that you did, and as a writer you can do some interesting humanitarian work. Put your mess into a message that helps your readers find resolution through your books & characters. Whether it appears in telling dialogue, or subconsciously through the story line it will get out there.

Even if you’re not a novelist you can do it. On a blog, in posts on Facebook, a favorite expression framed in your cubicle, or a special way to say ‘have a good day’ as a customer leaves, sometimes gives you the opportunity to tell others what you wish someone had told you.

4. Find your tribe.

That’s what experienced writers tell newbies to do to find readers, and you can do it too. Communicate, vibrate, resonate. Those who are attuned to your message will also resonate with it and pay it forward. You might not hear it or see it, but just know it. That’s enough.

OK! Now flood my comments with ways you are complimentarily crazy so I don’t feel like an oddball! I know you’ve started thinking about your own crazy as you read this. Oh, and you might want to take a look at Rottenberg’s book. It sounds interesting, and today we have to be entrepreneurs to market our books and sometimes ourselves. I wonder if that’s why she named her book Crazy?


11 Fear-Based Writer Beliefs, and How to Quell Them

October 4, 2014 2 comments


Linda says: This hit home with me … nearly all 11 fears! Christina writes this with compassion and brutal honesty!

Originally posted on A Spark in the Dark:


Let’s be honest. We all have fears. As humans, as writers . . . . I don’t care if you are Stephen Effing King . . . wait a minute, even he is scared of something. Supposedly, he sleeps with the light on because he is scared of the dark (wouldn’t you be if you were him??)

So, in this post, we’re going to get down and dirty on some of these fears as they pertain to writing, specifically. I know I’ve been through my share of turbulence, finding my own equilibrium in this giant spinning world of words, where it sometimes feels like it’s everyone for themselves…. It can be maddening. It can be discouraging and lonely. But just remember, you are not alone.

Following are eleven bogus beliefs that many writers share, and how you can look at them differently. Maybe this will help you to release their vice…

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My 12 Rules for Life

August 29, 2014 7 comments

My Salute to Ayn Rand via Wikipedia

My Salute to Ayn Rand via Wikipedia

My challenge today was to write my Creed, Manifesto, or personal 10 Commandments.

When I hear the term Manifesto, I get very nervous. (There’s a sad, dirty cabin in the woods way way up north where a hermit lives with rifles, assault weapons and a manifesto that lies in piles on the floor and stapled to the walls.)

As a Catholic, the Creed and Commandments are something very different and specific.

So I chose to write my personal rules for life and living. As a Romance writer, I thought it appropriate to show another author’s cover to remind us we all have our own manifesto. Ayn Rand had volumes to say about hers.

Linda Taylor’s 12 Rules for Life and Living

  1. Honor the Planet Earth that we all share.
  2. Honor the Universe that we share.
  3. Honor all the Inhabitants of the Earth and Universe, past, current and future, human, alien, animal, vegetable, mineral, and the water with which we maintain life and share.
  4. Honor and Respect all Inhabitants’ Existence, Beliefs and Points of View, even if unspoken.
  5. Honor and Respect their Freedom and Independence.
  6. Cause, Allow, and/or Do No Harm.
  7. Clean what is Dirty.
  8. Feed what is Hungry.
  9. Heal what is Hurt.
  10. Love what is not Loved.
  11. Always offer a helping hand when you are able.
  12. Honor, Respect, Protect, Love, and Guide Yourself.

Life is Precious.

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