Welcome back, Creative Badasses! In this episode, I go a little deep and talk about the realness of creative isolation and loneliness. This is a very real topic for a lot of us who spend tons of time creating and producing work as (sometimes unintentional) lone wolves. I tackle some potential solutions here, so please join me on the podcast and tell me what you think!
Welcome, Creative Badasses! In this episode, I totally kick-off the podcast with an introduction to not only the podcast, but also to The Bohemian Badass as an entity. We’ll also talk about the f’empire that The Bohemian Badass is a part of, its sister subsidiaries, and the big momma of them all: Rebel Ragdoll! Here’s a warm, sweet-and-spicy hello and welcome from us to you!
So you can’t write. :-/ You sat down at the keyboard, saw the blank page, and did one of the following:
- You FREAKED out and got scared that you didn’t really have anything to say. So you ran away from the keyboard and got busy with something else.
- You started typing and then started criticizing your words until you were too badgered to continue. You got up from your computer and limped away with your tail between your legs. (Been here too!)
- You typed and typed and then looked at the word count and was like… “THAT’S ALL?! WELP…”
- Or, you started typing, were on a roll, and then realized that your story was going straight to Nowhere’sville at 1000 mph, and you got frazzled and stopped.
Yes, I know your pain, boo. Because I’ve been to ALL these dark and terrible places. But I’ve also found my way back out of these places, and I’m here to help you do the same. Introducing my fantastical, fool-proof ways to crush the F*CK out of writer’s block!!
I’m going to give you the first 5 tips today, and then next week, we’re going to get more intense with the remaining 5 tips.
(Notice, though, this post gives you a light and airy, #chill way to crush writer’s block. Meaning, that you don’t have to actually do any hardcore writing. For now.)
So what’s the first #chill way to crush the F*CK out of writer’s block?
1. THE “SOMETHING NEW” METHOD
Go do something fun, new, and / or scary. And then write a quick (or not-so-quick) journal about it.
As the delightfully infamous Shonda Rhimes tends to say: “Say YES to doing something that scares you.”
And I can’t agree more.
Some of the most exhilarating and emotionally powerful experiences come from trying new things and facing our fears! From flirting with that cute barista to starting a blog, from traveling abroad alone to even taking a swimming lesson, every single one of us has a fear (or multiple fears) that we avoid on a daily basis to maintain our comfort zones. But by challenging our comfort zones and pushing boundaries, we invite ourselves into a new threshold of emotional experiences.
And as we experience new emotional arcs, growth, and depth it becomes way easier to transfer those experiences to our characters. Our experiences make their experiences more real.
2. FIND THE MUSE IN THE MUSIC
Music is one of the quickest routes to the soul and to human experience. Use it to your advantage.
I have to tell you, when I hear Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall”, my heart is literally rendered in two. Every time. I LOVE that frickin’ song. The music is dramatic and soul-wrenching. The lyrics are poignant. And Smith’s singing literally lifts you into another world. “Writing’s on the Wall” makes me think of two people, standing back-to-back, literally fighting the entire world to win, for each other.
I wrote some of my best scenes in my The Books of Ezekiel series while listening to this very song (and if you read up to book #7 (The Final Descent) when it comes out you’ll know exactly which scene I’m talking about)!
So I want you to create the ultimate “Writer’s Block” playlist, and use it to find instant inspiration for whatever scenes you need to write!
3. BE THE POPCORN PIMP(TRESS)
Collect ALL your favorite books, movies, TV shows, short stories, and more in the genre you want to write, and just CONSUME.
This is the ultimate excuse to kick back and relax while also hanging a huge “WORKING” sign on your door. And I’m dead serious. Studying your craft, learning about who and what came before you, immersing yourself in story, and mastering your genre through art study is SO FRIGGIN’ IMPORTANT to being a badass writer.
Personally, I like to focus on books and movies. I choose books and movies that I pretty much worship, want to emulate, or have a sincere emotional connection to. Consuming these— and seeing how my idols and mentors have executed their dreams and visions on the page and on the screen— gives me some great ideas and really gets me amped up to write.
The only danger in being a Popcorn Pimp is that you’ll substitute writing for “studying” with the excuse that you’re working. And you are. You are working, but you also need to be writing. Being a popcorn pimp or pimptress isn’t just about studying the craft. It’s also about putting that werk in them wordstreets, son.
4. BUILD YOUR CREATIVE DOJO
Take writing, craft, business, and marketing classes that will both educate and inspire you to get out, take action, and hustle your way to your author dreams!
Even if you are writing regularly and hitting your word counts, sometimes you’re just feeling plain ole overwhelmed and worn out. When this happens to me, I put the laptop down and replace it (temporarily) with bingeing on a series of vlogs, podcasts, sound bites, interviews, classes, movies / tv shows / animes, blog posts, etc., that are related to what I want to do!
For me, hearing about writers, artists, filmmakers, and others who are successfully doing what I want to do (and against great odds, nonetheless) really gets me revved up to go.
Don’t underestimate the power of watching others climb to the top. It will motivate you to do the same. For one, it cracks open the loneliness that sometimes comes with being a writer or creator. Secondly, watching others hit the milestones you want to hit is just plain ole inspiring! It shows you that it can be done, and that you can do it too. It’s sort of like watching porn to warm up a cold sex drive. Seeing the, uh, artistic imagery gets your mind open to the variety of— erm— possibilities, so to speak. Lol.
Not only that, often these artists are sharing invaluable pearls of wisdom and actionable tips. AND ALL FOR FREE!! It’s just up to you to take this knowledge and apply it to your craft and creative business.
4. CHOOSE YOUR SECRET SENSEI
Pick 3-5 artists whose careers you want to emulate and study literally every single thing they’ve done, are doing, and will do.
This may look a little cray cray on the surface, but in reality, this is an excellent way to crush your writer’s block and skim a little inspiration off the top as well! While in doing exercise #3, you’ll find some super inspiring stories, you’ll want to look for some heavy hitters who can unofficially become your senseis as well.
Mind, I’m not telling you to go and bug Joss Whedon about being your mentor. But, I am telling you to choose a few heavy hitters like him, who are super successful in their genres, and who you want to emulate. From there, you are going to study their careers, their life stories, their uneven and asymmetrical paths to success.
You are literally going to make them your secret sensei, of sorts. Long-distance and non-stalker stylez.
5. GET VISIONARY.
Create a career plan, vision board, and a ridiculous goal list for your career as an author, filmmaker, or creator in general!
One of the easiest— and most awesome-est— way of getting inspired to write is to envision and plan your career as a writer. With your eye on a goal that inspires you, it’s a heck of a lot easier to keep on your writing path and crush your blocks. And when you feel stuck, doing a visionary exercise will shake up your routine, get you to be more engaged and tactile, and break the monotony.
There you have it! An entire #chill as hell arsenal of activities and worksheets to help you crush the F*CK out of your writer’s block like a G! But stay tuned, I’ve got a SECOND article and yet another arsenal of writer’s block activities that are more intense, more involved, and just insanely #NOchill. So keep your eyes peeled for the second and final installment of the Writer’s Block post series, “10 Badass Ways to Crush the F*CK Out of Writer’s Block, Part II of II: The #NoChill Method”!
In the meantime, what are your secret weapons to crushing writer’s block? Any secret sauce swag any of us should be on? Drop your thoughts below! I’d LURVE to hear from ya! Write on, rock on, and, as always…
I See You Trollin.
You Tryna Catch Me Writin’ Dirty!
– A Colby R Rice & Chamillionaire Collaboration.
With an apt re-appropriation of Chamillionaire’s lyrics and catchy beat, we delve into the dark realm of trollery. But never fear, good comrades, we doth not need stray into such a grim and treacherous journey alone. We have each other, my dear cheerful compatriots, as well as our shields of good humor, our pen-swords of justice, as well as ales of courage to make hearty our inner strengths!
No, but seriously, how DO you deal with trolls? First of all, before we go about describing how to slay a troll, let’s discuss what a troll actually is.
What’s a Troll?
Let’s start with the New Oxford American Dictionary definition:
Troll |trōl| noun: a mythical, cave-dwelling being depicted in folklore as either a giant or a dwarf, typically having a very ugly appearance.
Strangely, enough, although this definition reaches into the deep and dark warrens of antiquity, it is still a very apt description of what we understand a “troll” to be in modern times. Other kinds of terminologies, such as “hater”, “bug-a-boo”, “cynic”, “pessimist”, “loser”, “douche bag”, “petty VIP”, and a whole host of other very colorful but explicit monikers can be used to describe this creature in all its complexity and lol-inducing beauty.
The History of the Mighty Troll
Trolls have been around since the beginning of time. Even Jesus had to beat the trolls off. He will go down in history as one of the most famous troll hunters of all time, in fact, a martyr to the cause of goodness in a dark world. Trollery is a problem that humanity has had much trouble solving, as trolls are the most timeless and resilient creatures on the face of the planet. They’ve survived wars between Greek gods, the extinction of the dinosaurs, the bubonic plague, all forms of pestilence and woe, the advent of Raid— I mean, holy hell, these fuckers are nearly impossible to kill.
Trolls: A Darwinian Analysis
They also evolve extremely quickly. Whereas in medieval times, trolls were a bit more gangster and would come out of their caves to eat little children, trolls do understand that in modern times, people (and children especially) carry mace. So with the advent of modern technology, these creatures of the abyss have evolved. Somehow, thanks to capitalism (and partially due to Apple’s back-to-school discount programs), they all have gotten hold of Macbooks, tablets, and Android phones, and they have decided to bring their trollery into the 21st century with straight prejudice, telecommunicating their terror and angst from the safety of their caves. Their sole purpose is to destroy and devour everything. ANYTHING. And oftentimes, innocent civilians get caught in their paths of destruction (this is intentional on the part of the trolls, fyi).
Trolls: A Behavioral Analysis
Trolls tend to target people who they deem socially weak, undesirable, unlovable, or simply, they target people who are actually doing something positive and constructive in their lives. The last offense is the one most egregious and offensive to the troll and his stinkery. In truth, he hates his cave (or bridge, in other cases). He hates his life, his warts, his lack of success— he hates and doubts everything about himself (or herself), and he wants you to hate and doubt life too. So, he comes onto your webpage, your YouTube videos, your webinar (whatever he can get his grimy little fingers into without sliming his keyboard) and begins the volcanic eruption of his self-hatred all over your internet space. He writes insults, sexist or racist comments, poo-poos your ideas without any critical insight, or is generally just a hater who loves to criticize rather than critique.
How to Hunt and Expel Trolls
So getting to the point, how do we defeat this onslaught of trollery and negativity? Well, here are four old wives’ tricks and tips I’ve found helpful:
1. Be Smart!
Speak intellectually and logically. If a troll has something nasty to say, address it, don’t attack it. Ask them “how would you improve this product/book/your face?” Logically point out the weaknesses in his argument or critique, and request that the troll say something constructive. More often than not, this will kill trollery in its tracks. Why? Because trolls simply get perplexed by the idea of producing something positive or constructive. When challenged to do so, they will simply limp away from the confrontation confused, breathing morosely through their mouths and dragging their ugly knuckles behind them.
Or, in other cases, they will go into what I call “berserker troll” mode. As your intelligence has overloaded their tiny brains, they will need to let off pressure and emotion. The common troll knows no other way of doing this except to go berserker and “troll out”, which may be expressed by ranting, raging, becoming violent, drooling, and spouting nonsense. At this point, the only viable solution is to hit the “block” button or ignore them. They will go away eventually.
2. BE POSITIVE. Then, IGNORE and RELEASE.
I call this outpatient troll therapy. Sometimes, trolls just need to be disciplined and loved all at the same time. Being happy and upbeat will help these poor intellectually-disfigured creatures, and it will also help you look like a social media rockstar. You should even thank the troll for its contribution. Then, make sure you let the comment go. All too often, we allow our self-esteems to be deeply wounded by a wayward troll. We blame ourselves or we might even think our work and our voice isn’t good enough, so we stop climbing the ladder of success! Don’t stop. Instead, ignore and release this troll’s hateration. Always remember the natural instinct of this boggish creature: to spread cock-jerking negativity. It is a troll’s natural calling and pleasure to bring misery and woe, just like it is your natural calling and pleasure to be creative and be fabulous. Let nature, fair and foul, take its course. Release.
3. Continue being successful, and EMBRACE trolls as a sign of your success.
The only thing a troll invasion tells me— other than that a wave of cyberfunk has cast its shadow over my holy land— is that I’m doing what I’m supposed to do: being awesome as fuck.
The opposite of love is apathy, ladies and gentlemen, not hate. “Hate” is still a passion, and one that provides a troll’s intrinsic motivation to live. The troll can not live apathetically; he can only thrive where certain issues strike the chord of passion in him. He just chooses to channel his passion through his ass rather than through his heart. So, take it as a compliment.
The fact that someone is paying enough attention to you to even kick-off some troll shit on your page speaks volumes (positive volumes) about the quality of your work and about your success (or potential for success). Keep shining. The trolls will come, but keep shining nonetheless.
4. Please spay and neuter your stray trolls… by not becoming one.
Trolls aren’t like puppies and kittens, where people actually want them in their homes. So these unfortunate creatures roam the cyberstreets, pick a certain cyber-corner, and, instead of being cute and chasing its tail to catch the loving eyes and hearts of passersby, they attack the villagers. In their hearts, they understand that they are not lovable creatures, and this anger and frustration becomes vitriol that the troll ultimately vomits on the masses.
We need to reduce the troll population.
But how? Well, I already told you that they have survived Man’s worst plagues and pestilence, so “how” is a legitimate question.
Well here’s the key: you see, “trolldom” and “trollery” isn’t like going to the Land of freaking Mordor. There is no external physical journey to trolldom. Also, trolls, those sneaky bastards, are able to hide beneath human flesh! So really, probably about 1 in 100 people you pass on the street are actually trolls in hiding.
Trolldom is actually an infection of the soul, a disease of the inner being, a blight on one’s internal happiness and fulfillment. The sad fact is that 95% of trolls were not even born trolls. They actually became trolls through the poisoning of their happy spirits by other trolls (that I call “carrier trolls” or, in the cases where the trolls are actually parents, “progenitor trolls”). Some of these “carrier” trolls were bullies in high school, terrible parents, other bloggers who have an axe to grind, bad dentists, unpublished or unproduced creators who love to hate— I mean the list goes on and on. Therefore, it is our duty to spay and neuter trolls, and the only way we can really do that is to not become trolls ourselves. Stay positive and keep your head up, and you are just that much closer to reducing the size of the troll kingdom.
So these are MY four different ways to deal with and even slay trolls, but what are your ways? What kinds of situations have you faced wherein you’ve had to call in the troll-hunting calvary? Come forth, my mighty troll-hunters, and share Ye Oldest of Troll-Slaying Tales. And of course in the meantime, keep it badass.
From your fellow troll-hunter,
<3 Colby R Rice
Let’s face it, both writing science fiction / fantasy and publishing independently is a lot of work. Most people treat these two paths as completely separate careers because there is so much to be done for each, so much to learn. Sometimes, the work load can be overwhelming, and if we aren’t seeing instant results, we can get discouraged. Other times, we get so discouraged, even, that we think what we’re doing just isn’t working.
Well, I’m here to call BS on that, and to tell you that what you’re doing IS working! You just have to be patient and consistent. I’ve been watching successful authors and other artists out here, both independently and traditionally published, and you know what I’ve noticed?
Except in truly unusual circumstances, most authors, bloggers / vloggers, and anyone else who has ever made it big in life do not hit big time until about 4-6 years after they first debuted in their market!
(And sometimes, even longer.)
I kid you not. Unless you’re already a celebrity, do NOT expect overnight success in much of anything. Actually, even celebrities (most of them) had to start small and work hard for a long time to get where they are. Think about the actors and authors we know well: George Clooney, Shia LeBeouf, J.K Rowling, Stephen King… none of these artists walked onto the silver screen or into the literary arena and wowed the world instantly. It took time, effort, grit, and good ole fashioned elbow grease.
“Overnight success” is never overnight; it just seems that way because we don’t hear about most people until they make it big! Also, the movie or publishing industries have a knack for creating these “instant sweetheart” images while leaving most of their clients’ histories in the dark. Don’t believe everything you see! Trust me, most of the big timers nowadays didn’t start off that way and took quite a while to get where they were going:
- Clooney started off in television in 1978, and no one even sneezed his way until he played Dr. Doug Ross in ER almost SIXTEEN YEARS LATER!
- Shia LeBeouf started off in comedy clubs when he was 10-years-old (because his family was broke), and then he hit the Disney channel for a while. Point is, he didn’t have a career breakthrough until ELEVEN YEARS LATER, when he starred in Disturbia. Now his career is taking off, and neither he nor his family will ever be broke again.
- Stephen King, the prophet of horror writing and one of the most successful fiction writers alive today, wrote his first novel, Carrie, in 1973 which HE THREW IN THE TRASH because he had been discouraged about writing altogether. His wife fished it out for him and urged him to finish it, and as we all know, the rest is history. Mind you, he was also an alcoholic at this time, and so he had the double burden of forcing himself to keep going while dealing with his illness and with his mother’s passing.
- J.K. Rowling could barely get Harry Potter published anywhere, and even when she did, it took five years and three whole books later for the world to pick up on her brilliance. I need not go further as 99% of us know and love her work all too well!
But the bottom line is that these artists that we love so much had to work at their craft, keep their noses to the grindstone, keep trying things from different angles, and most importantly, they had to BE PATIENT. You shouldn’t expect to do anything less, either. Expect to work hard, virtually round the clock, for a few years (maybe even a decade), branding yourself, marketing yourself, strengthening yourself and your skills, and producing good, quality work, in order to get that “overnight success”.
Let me share a secret with you: “Big breaks” and “overnight success” are planned, ladies and gentlemen! Very few people ever stumble accidentally into a “big break”, and even if they do, if these stumblers aren’t really about anything, or if they aren’t doing anything worthwhile, they sort of fall into ridicule. (Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, anyone? Stunningly beautiful women, but not really doing anything valuable or attention-worthy, in my opinion… but I digress!)
So, how do you plan your “big breakthrough” as an author? Well stay tuned, because the very next post is going to list out my personal observations of how very successful people have successfully planned and executed their big breaks, what I’m going to do to model them, and some action tips on how you can do the same! Stay tuned!
Keep it indie,
So, you want to be a writer, or a filmmaker, or a game designer. Or you want to be some other badass creative doing boss ass stuff.
But you’re still not able to find time to get your work done.
And honestly, with all the responsibilities you probably have on your plate— work (and maybe school), bills, kids, errands, family, and just general #adulting— it’s unlikely that you have HUGE blocks of time on your hands for brainstorming, fleshing out ideas, or just straight up creating.
Well, guess what? You’ve just entered a holy battlefield where a divine war has been raging for literally hundreds of years. Yes, it’s a LITERAL war that Steven Pressfield brilliantly coined as The War of Art. (More on this brilliant, boss ass book later.)
The best part, though, is that you aren’t alone in this war.
Welcome to The War of Art
“Don’t hate the player, hate the game.” — said some pimp somewhere
So goes the war of art. I didn’t make the war, and neither did Steven, but we are all certainly players in it.
Like I said, you’re not alone!
Some of us ran onto this battlefield and were taken out pretty early. Others of us fought valiantly, got injured, and are either cauterizing wounds, limping back to camp, or are being helped out by our fellow comrades. Others of us stormed into the skirmish, guns and swords blazing and dominated, like King Leonidas of the Spartan 300.
But most of us?
Most of us have learned to pace ourselves. We’ve learned how conserve our creative ammo, be steady in our aim, set bait in the trenches, and press forward one step at a time. We keep ourselves refreshed and inspired by taking care of our minds, bodies, and spirits. We learn to collaborate and work together to secure hills and reach milestones. We begin to understand what kind of fighters we are, and we adapt our strategies to our fighting styles. We build skills, train, and execute on our knowledge. We keep our eyes on the prize, keep moving forward, and we realize that winning the War of Art is a long game. A veteran game. A lifelong game.
So, what’s our main tactic, you ask? How do creatives survive and dominate the War of Art?
Creative. Guerrilla. Warfare.
But what exactly IS creative guerrilla warfare? Well, keep reading, my soldier of art. And, yeah, welcome to your first day of bootcamp! 😉
Creative Guerrilla Warfare: An Intro
Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s look at what the traditional definition of guerrilla is:
guerrilla |gəˈrilə| (also guerilla)
a member of a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against larger regular forces: this small town fell to the guerrillas | [ as modifier ] : guerrilla warfare.
• [ as modifier ] referring to actions or activities performed in an impromptu way, often without authorization: guerrilla theater.
Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants such as armed civilians or irregulars use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage,raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military.
Jazzy, yeah? So when I talk about CREATIVE guerrilla warfare, I’m talking about the people involved in the War of Art and tactics we all use as indie creatives to win the War of Art. Specifically:
A creative guerrilla is: “a member of a small independent group taking part in irregular creation, typically against larger regular forces, otherwise known as procrastination, time-crunches, self-doubt, fear, and “haters”.
Creative guerrilla warfare is: a form of irregular creation in which a small group of crazy artists such as writers, filmmakers, painters, dancers, and other “inspired” beings use off-the-wall methods—including creation ambushes, procrastination sabotage, inspiration raids, faking-the-funk, write-and-run tactics, mobility-and-mobile-phone-ninja-warrior-stuff, and just plain ole making shit up– to get their art made, no matter what the cost and cut, and to fight the larger society that is unforgiving of our cray-cray way of life.
Creative Guerrilla Warfare: The Three Rules of Engagement
So, you might be saying, “Well, that’s all well and good, Colbs, but I have NO CLUE how to actually fight in this art war thingy!”
General Writer-Creator Boss here. I’ll teach you everything you need to know to be the best indie creative freedom fighter that ever walked. The first step, though, is to get your mind right and to learn the rules of engagement.
Three rules, to be precise.
1. Rule #1: Shit ain’t always gonna flow the way you want it to. In fact, they NEVER will. And if they do? You got lucky.
As a writer / screenwriter / filmmaker / game designer / creative entrepreneur / whatever, you need to understand that no one is going to care more about your career than you do. It’s still your job to get your work done, hit your word count, or finish developing your concept. Otherwise, you can’t call yourself a creator. Because in the end, creators CREATE. Writers write. Filmmakers film. Entrepreneurs entrepreneur— er, you get what I mean.
SO make with the making, and no excuses!!
2. Rule #2: You’ll never “have enough time” to work.
Let me repeat myself.
You will never “HAVE ENOUGH TIME” to work.
Notice that “have enough time” is flanked by quotations? “HAVING ENOUGH TIME” here could mean a variety of different things, like “having enough time” to:
- brew a coffee,
- cook a garden omelette,
- read the newspaper,
- respond to emails,
- play Candy Crush,
- mess around on social media,
- screw your husband / wife / partner,
- make a gourmet dinner,
- clean the entire house,
- work on your abs at the gym,
- attend PTA meetings,
- go shopping,
- and also have 6-8 hours of uninterrupted writing time.
While having a day that’s chock-full of these things would be ideal, it isn’t realistic, especially if you have kids not yet in school (like me) or you have other commitments, like work, life, family, and more.
So get this in your head: you will never “have enough time”, but you will have all the time you need to get down to business and to actually create.
Meaning that you will have time to get words on paper, or write a line of code, or storyboard a scene… while you’re waiting for the bus, while feeding the kid, while on your daily commute, while in the doctor’s office, and while pretty much running any other errand that needs to be run.
These little things you create during your time crunches, will not be perfect. Hell, they might not even be good at all. But they will be DONE. And done is the proverbial EMP on the battlefield of Art. Done is progress. Done is motion forward.
And that’s all that matters.
If you don’t think so, then please watch this video, and take it from a well-known pro:
3. Rule #3: Stasis = death.
Like I said, if you’re a writer (or any other type of creative for that matter, i.e. a filmmaker, painter, dancer, etc), then you’ve automatically been drafted into one of the biggest wars ever known to Earth’s history, whether you want to be there or not. So you must fight this war to survive!!
Yes. I said it.
No lazing about or fluffing around here. If you chose to be an artist, you’re a part of the war, and you need to fight the damn thing. Otherwise, you will stagnate and stop creating. Once you do that? You can no longer call yourself a creator. Perhaps you can deem yourself a “retired” or “veteran” creator, and maybe you’ll even be a legend for the rest of us. But you won’t be able to claim that you’re a “creator in active duty”.
Remember, creators CREATE. And they must do so in spite of obstacles and fatigue.
Surviving the War of Art is difficult, mostly because this is not a war wherein the casualties are human. It’s a war of the mind and soul, where skepticism are the bullets, no-sellers are the bombs, haters are the opposition, and the ever-scary critic or review is the happy land mine just delighted to blow you to bits. (Little fuckers…)
The two main casualties on this battlefield are your soul and passion for creation, which, if lost, mean the death of the Creator.
But you need not kneel to death, dear Creator. You can and will survive this battle. I know you must want to succeed, because you’re reading this post. And now that you know the three rules of engagement, you just need to supplement those rules with a little knowledge, training, and community.
That’s where The Bohemian Badass comes in!
As a fellow Creative Guerrilla, I’ve been in the trenches for three years (+ a year in creative basic training, lol!), and I love to share my growing knowledge and lessons with others. I hope you stick around at The Bohemian Badass, not only to learn, but to also impart your knowledge as well. Trust me, we’ll learn and grow and then win this crazy War of Art… together!
In the meantime, definitely check out Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art. (Just click on the cover to get it!)
This book, and the man who wrote it, is amazing, inspirational, and educational. Pressfield truly is brilliant, battle-scarred, and definitely a wildly successful veteran as a creator, writer, and entrepreneur… pretty much the General Badass we all hope to be!
In the meantime, what say you, soldier? Do you agree that being a creative is a sort of day-to-day “warfare”? Do you feel that being and staying creative is a fight? If so, what are *your* rules of engagement, and how do you show up on the battlefield? Share your thoughts below! And, of course, in the meantime…
Keep it indie,
We’re going to teach you…
- Why RIGHT NOW is the best time in history to write your brilliant book
- How to prepare your mind for the creative process and crush the procrastination party-pooper
- How to create your Productivity Paradise – an easy to follow system to get you infront of that keyboard
- How to design your Brilliance Blueprint Outline – crafted to build your story successfully from start to finish
- How to use literary devices to enhance your story
- How to become a badass master of metaphor
- PLUS Live Q + A Session
Crime and Women’s Fiction Novelist. Children’s Book Author. Screenwriter. Actress.
COLBY R. RICE
Urban Fantasy and Dystopian Sci-fi Novelist. Screenwriter. Game Writer. Film Producer.
Hiya Badasses! Colby here!
So, as I wrap up my creative year on my author blog, I also thought it’d be super important (and awesomely) to hightail it over here and LAY DOWN my plans for this sexy (potentially sexy?) business for the year of 2016.
‘d love to WILL do at The Bohemian Badass in 2016:
Goal #1: Create literally the baddest ass, sexy-brand-flossin’, info-packin’ creative blog, community, and business of all time that serves up the sickest value EVA
So, yes, I realize that I’m a new kid on the block. There are other biggies and baddies out there who are just KILLING this blogging game, and I love AALL of them (total fangirl here)! They’re making the coolest moves, setting the trends, and dropping crazy knowledge on how to be a badass boss (BAWSE) who makes an independent, lifestyle-based living.
But I have dreams too, yo. I dream of a place (mine) where women who want to create (ma peeps) can come here to The Bohemian Badass (da crib) and learn how make all the cool stuff they’ve ever wanted to make EVER (get mad skillz).
We’ve got the Bohemian Badass Social Network. We’ve got the blog space. We’ve got the idea(z). So we need to do this ish. Or in The Bohemian Badass’ sacred and holy language “Badassian”: we need to #createdatish.
And when I say WE, I don’t mean “we” in the “You, Me, and Irene” sense, but in that I want YOU to be there with me! Because this is a community. Of badasses. Doing the baddest ass creative stuff EVA.
Goal #2: Put together LOTS of sweet, badunka free stuff for ya’ll
No, I didn’t make up the word “badunka”, but I sure as heck re-appropriated the F*CK out of it just now. (BOOM!)
From here on in, BADUNKA means “supremely awesome”. Not that booty-clappin’, earthquake-in-assery, type stuff.
ANYWHO, where was I? Oh yeah!! I’m putting together the illest FREE courses, workbooks, master classes, e-books, audiobooks, and more for you guys; and I have to say, creating all this stuff does make me feel pretty awesome.
Because I think you’ll fucking LOVE it.
Because I think it’ll rock your socks.
Because I think it’ll make you question what you’re currently doing with your life.
Because I think it’ll help you take some seriously actionable steps towards unlocking your creative potential.
Because when you’re done gobbling up my free stuff and taking the action steps I lay out, you WILL have created something significant: like maybe a book, a book outline, a script, a game demo, a game design document, a creative project slate, a blog, or maybe even a whole friggin’ creative empire just ready and rearin’ to go dominate! (Hint, hint!)
So stay tuned. I’m already gettin’ my slow-and-sexy blog on (70+ 1,000-3,000 word articles already in the backend queue and counting). I just copped ma Yeti microfone and Logitech webcam to broadcast my creative cray to the whole world. And I’m revvin’ up my Pinterest, Periscope, LinkedIn, and Instagram channels to bring you the best and brightest content on how to be a creative badass in whatever industry you’re in!
Hope you’re ready, boos! 😉
Hey Creative Boos!
So, this post is divided into roughly two parts: who I am and what I can do for you as a creative. Feel free to scroll to whichever section interests you most!
Who I Am
I’m just going to write a really brief introduction of myself here for anyone who doesn’t know me quite yet!
I’m Colby R Rice, a writer by trade, a creative by necessity, lol! (For realz, I’d literally go insane if I couldn’t live fully in my creativity.)
Born in Bitburg, Germany to military parental units, I was an Air Force BRAT only for a year before I came hurtling down into the U S of A in 1986.
Since then, I’ve enjoyed causing mayhem and madness across the U.S. as I’ve bounced from place to place: my hometown to boarding school to various cities and then abroad… and I’m back, taking on the fiction writing trinity (novels, screenplays, and video games) in a fight to the death!
I’ve published two novels, with a third, fourth, fifth and sixth, and seventh on their ways out at the beginning of 2016 and beyond. Plus a trilogy. Cuz I’m cray like that, and I love what I do!
ALSO: I’m a game writer, screenwriter, playwright, emerging film producer, creative indie entrepreneur, and CEO. (By the way, CEO here means Creative Entrepreneur Overlord. Muah ha ha!)
Since the fall 2012, when I finally stopped being a chicken and decided to be a full-time creative, I’ve written / created / produced nearly 30 video game missions and scripts, three novels, a novel boxset, three audiobooks, a few TV scripts, multiple small plays, a play festival, seven film projects, taught two semester-long screenwriting &
producing seminars, and have written and produced literally nearly 200 non-fiction blogs, vlogs, and podcasts (collectively), all dealing with story and creativity.
I’ve also established a 4-subsidiary, female-identified multimedia brand, and now, also an online school. I manage multiple brands, projects, and websites for my f’empire and its subsidiaries, have spearheaded more organizations and committees than I can count, and have held three Hollywood-industry internships.
And half of that was done while studying and teaching in a full-time Sociology Phd program. And while traveling. The other half? Done while raising a crazy infant, lol!
But don’t hold your breath. I’m not even CLOSE to being finished yet.
I like to say that I won my growing media f’empire, Rebel Ragdoll, in a drinking game between me and the god of wine and women, but in truth, I just filled out some boring paperwork. 😉
I love working on multiple projects. ALL the projects. At the same time. I’m cray cray for creation.
And I’m a mom to an amazing little girl, who is the ultimate form of love and creation all smushed together. She also has the cutest, chubbiest, chewiest little cheeks ever. God, she’s awesome.
And I like taro pudding. And I have afro puffs. And I love to cook gourmet stuff and travel (over 15 countries so far and counting!), and love to learn and speak languages. Six and counting! (Though I’d love some more practice speaking on a daily basis.)
My life rocks only because I can create, live, love, and do all three at the same time. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What I Do (and What I Can & Will Do for YOU!)
Listen. I’m here because I want to help you become a creative badass. And if you’re already a creative badass, I’m here to help you up-level your skills in whichever way you like! Here are the resources I’m laying out for you here at my homesite:
- A badass blog with epic posts, walk-throughs, free tutorials, PDF worksheet downloads, and sweet goodies to help you produce, promote, and profit from your art.
- A FREE podcast series with interviews and features of writers, artists, filmmakers, screenwriters, playwrights, producers, game writers and designers, comic writers, illustrators, creative entrepreneurs, and WAY MORE so that you can learn from their experiences and expertise.
- A non-fiction book series (both paid and free) that provides inspiration, education, and awesome hacks for your creative woes. I’m ALSO writing some SWEET reference books and encyclopedias that expound on subjects like creatures, magic, and history for fiction writers, folklore and fantasy, world mysteries, conspiracy theories to write about, and way more!
- An entire freaking online school chock-full of courses (mini, medium, and large) to help you create the baddest ass content in your life! Looking to write more cinematically across all your mediums? I’ve got a sweet course for that! Want a step-by-step system for writing amazing, high-octane trilogies? This is your stop. Want to professionally write, shoot, produce, and market your own TV series? I got you.
- Online events, bootcamps, and master classes. Not every course I create will be in the school, but sometimes, I get an itch to teach. OR I see the need to fill a void or fix a creative problem that’s just buggin’ me. So you want to stay tuned to my free courses tab at the top of my webpage so that you can have access to all the masterclasses and bootcamps coming up!
- An amazing community of creators. Our Badass Co-Creators’ Commune is pretty much aiming to be the Facebook of the creation world. I’m creating a hub of creators who are going to come together to support one another, improve each others’ work, and collaborate to make the badass art they’ve always dreamed of!
- And finally, direct access to me, your Creative Coach, for any questions you might have or help you may need! I’m pretty much an open book, and as I create more courses, gather more tribes, and build my community, I’ll be available to help you in any way I can!
So, there you have it, creative boo! Hope you join me (and our awesome community) on my journey into creative freedom! Definitely wouldn’t want to do this alone… right? 😉
Keep it indie, and delighted to meet you!
WOWZERS. After a wild 2 years of being an author-entrepreneur, I cannot believe I am here!
This is Colby R Rice, coming at you with a new endeavor that I’d like to call the great give back.
Welcome to The Bohemian Badass!
Yo… What’s a Bohemian Badass?!
So what exactly is a Bohemian Badass and what IS Bohemian Badass, LLC?
A Bohemian Badass is someone who doesn’t wait for permission to go out into the world and CREATE, and in whatever style, whether that be in a uniform, guerrilla, indie, mainstream style, or otherwise.
And at Bohemian Badass, LLC, all creatives who want to make a living off their art are welcome. DIY dissenters, ASSEMBLE!
As a company, Bohemian Badass, LLC is a female-identified community of authors, screen & TV writers, playwrights, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and more, who seek to engage in, produce, and live on our art at any cost.
About The Bohemian Badass
The Bohemian Badass is a community of indie female creators dedicated to one cause:
We train you to become the scribing, filmmaking, and gaming badass you’re meant to be.
(And mostly for free!)
This is the place where creative badasses are born.
Our Genre Specialties:
Science Fiction | Fantasy | Survival Horror | The Paranormal | Urban Fantasy | Thrillers | Action-Adventure
Our Media & Training Specialties:
Novel writing | Scriptwriting | Filmmaking | 3D Game Development | Creative Entrepreneurship
Who We Are:
Novelists | Screenwriters | Film Writers | TV Writers | Playwrights | Game Designers | Game Writers | Programmers | Filmmakers | Hackers | Directors | Producers | Creative Entrepreneurs | Founders of f’Empires
Cool Stuff We Got (for You!):
Badass Blog | Books for Bohos | The “Bohemian Badass Beats” Podcast | The School for Creatives | Co-Creators Commune | Beatnik Boutique
In other words: To aid us on our creative journeys, we’re opening a school (The Bohemian Badass School for Creatives), launching an eargasmic, info-packed, free podcast, and we’re releasing several non-fiction DIY book series to help our community create and live, in their own innovative ways, from the bottom up, at all costs.
We’re also rockin’ and jockin’ in our Co-Creators’ Commune, where creators from all walks of life and disciplines gather together to network, support, critique, rally, and work together on badass creative projects.
And coming in 2017, our Beatnik Boutique will be the place to get some of our sweet digs and badass merch so you can let the whole world know just how creatively badass you are!
Stuff Vices That We LOVE:
Tequila. | Motorcycles. | Stilettos and Pencil Skirts. | Dark stuff. | Gritty stuff. | Noir(e) | High-octane, non-stop Action. | Chair-gripping. | Bedsheet-tearing. | Plot-twisting. | Betrayal. | Redemption. | Car chases. | Fight scenes. | Martial Arts. | Bad Bitches In Charge. | Globetrotting. | Guns. Lots of guns. | Crime. | Far off, Exotic Places (both fictional and real). | Hot, naughty sex. | Pole dancing. | Complicated men. | Broody, witty broads. | Love triangles. | Sex triangles | Love and Sex Quadrilaterals. You get the picture. | Bad boys. Bad girls. | Tortured pasts. | Tenuous futures. | Areas that are gray as fuck. | Ruling the world with our f’Empires. | Nerding out. | Loving who we are. | Embracing our badassery.
And obvs, the occasional girly drink, mani-pedi, and shopping spree…
because we’re broads with class.
We LOVE edge-of-our-seats, OMMFG stories that drag you in, and refuse to let go…
And more than that, we love to write and create those stories.
And we love to teach others how to write and create those kinds of stories too!
So what say you, Badass Boo?
If any or all of this sounds good to you, then you’re in exactly the right place!
You should totally join our SWEET email list to get a free course on how to “Break Badass”, so you can get your life set up for creating hot stuff and making a living off your creativity.
If not, and you’re looking for a place that’s a little softer, fluffier, and more “Wuthering Heights”-ish?
Then this is STILL the right place, because we’d LOVE to corrupt you.
So, join up, boos. We don’t bite; we just write. 😉
PLUS, if you join, we’ll reserve a special, free Creator’s Studio JUST for you!
Pick a genre, pick a specialty, pick a vice.
Change your life. Create something. Be badass.
I’m Colby R Rice, your sister in the fight to be fabulously free, feminine, and feisty as fuck.
A writer by trade, creative by necessity, rebel by nature.
Welcome to The Bohemian Badass.
It’s gonna be a wild crazy BADASS ride…
::reaches out hand::
…you with us? 😉