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4 Ways to do “Crazy is a Compliment”


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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?


  1. October 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I remember a sign on my grandparents wall when I was young All the world’s queer save thee and me and even thee’s a little queer. I think that as far as authors go, it proves I’m the only sane one left.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    Liked by 2 people

    • October 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Did you ever think your grandparents might have put that sign on their wall to give you a hint?! They may have had a premonition of what you would become … just saying. But I send you HUGZzzzzzz anyway!

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  2. November 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Sometimes I hold conversations with my characters, in my head because, for me they are real.


    • November 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Me too, and they always win the argument! The only time I win is when I argue with myself. It’s like a two-headed coin …


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