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Hi I'm Lindsey Hughes

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Hi, I’m Lindsey. I love helping people discover their superpower, create compelling content, and feel excited about pitching and networking. I teach people how to pitch like a boss, network like a VIP, and write like an Oscar winner. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter for actionable creativity and career tips.

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Dinner Table Tales: Using Your Family Stories for Inspiration

Hi Reader, Idea Generator #1: Family Stories This is the first in a series of ways to generate ideas for projects. I grew up hearing my parents’ family stories. They talked about what it was like when they were growing up, about their parents’ childhood and their parents’ parents. They told stories of long dead ancestors. Some were in history books. Others were forgotten by everybody but us. At family gatherings, we tell stories to each other about events from our shared past. There are...

4 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, Do you have good news to share? Have you just completed a project? Do you have a book or movie coming out? Instead of just posting on social media, reach out individually to people you haven't spoken to in a while. Good news is a great excuse to get back in touch with your network. It's a powerful way to make a request because it seems like you're not asking; you're sharing. Never let an opportunity to connect go to waste. Your Network is Your Contact List The first step in this...

11 days ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, Currently, I am taking a break from social media. I am still posting, but I'm not scrolling. If you comment on a post, I probably won't see it. The best way to reach me is to reply to this newsletter. I read and respond to every e-mail. Why I Still Post While I don't like consuming social media, I enjoy making content. Social media posts are another way for me to write, teach, and create things that don't fit in the newsletter. This was in honor of Shakespeare's birthday a couple...

18 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, For most of us, one of our big goals is to make enough money at our creative work to support ourselves full time. This emphasis on being a full-time artist can work to our disadvantage. While plenty of people make a good living writing, acting, and painting, many people do not. If you have a day job or a side hustle to support yourself while you create, you are not a failure! Day jobs put food on your table and pay the rent so that you can create. In fact, there are some...

25 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, Are you ready to turbocharge your writing sessions and say goodbye to procrastination? Here is your new best friend—the Pomodoro Technique. It’s time to boost your productivity, keep writer’s block at bay, and maybe even have more free time. What is the Pomodoro Technique? 🍅 The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. It’s delightfully simple and effective. You work in short, focused bursts of 25 minutes, followed by a...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, Last week, we talked about all the disruptions in the entertainment and publishing industries. It's important to get comfortable being uncomfortable because in a creative, things are always changing. AI, the Elephant in the Room We didn't talk about the biggest change going on that has many people worried, artificial intelligence (AI). A lot of writers are terrified of AI because they think it's going to replace them. When I talked about ChatGPT last year, I said I am a techno...

about 1 month ago • 4 min read

Hi Reader, Everyone knows that the one constant in life is change, but that doesn't make change any easier. The last few years in the creative industries have been a rollercoaster of change. Not fun. In the entertainment industry, the writers were fighting with the agents and managers. Then we had COVID shut down. Then there were the writers and actors strikes. And now as the industry tries to figure out the economics of streaming, people have been laid off, projects cancelled, and completed...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, Lately, I've been thinking about how our weaknesses are also our greatest strengths, if you flip your perception around. I've always thought that it's a giant weakness that I do not have a poker face. I'm learning how to play mahjong and I can't keep from smiling when I draw that perfect tile. One look at me in a discussion and you know what I'm thinking. When I'm working with clients, I always have to tell them this is my thinking face while I'm working out a story problem on the...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, A couple of days ago, I called to make an appointment with my manicurist and the woman who answered the phone told me they had fired Vicki. I felt bad for Vicki. My second thought was she doesn't have my phone number, so she can't let me know where she ends up. I would have been happy to follow her to her next salon and help her build her business. How does the plight of my raggedy nails apply to your creative career? 1. You want to be able to talk directly to your fans to let them...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, A couple of weeks ago, I came across this microstory on Instagram. I couldn't get it out of my mind and wished that I had saved it so I could share it with you. So, I went on an Internet hunt and found it! Read it on Tumblr As the comment below says, this microstory takes you on a rollercoaster blockbuster ride. It is short but compelling, effective and memorable. What makes it so successful? The Unusual Format The good news/bad news style of this story pulls you back and forth...

2 months ago • 2 min read
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