Entries by Becky

Did I Tell You I’m Moving?

What’s going on in your world? Two big things this week in mine: Wed (the 9th) is my birthday, and I’m also moving. Did I tell you that? Not far—about four blocks from where I currently live on the Upper West Side. My requirements were that I didn’t want to have to change dry cleaners, […]

Criticism Will Kill Your Talent

Ever hear of a woman named Brenda Ueland?  She was before your time, and mine. And she did not mince words.  “I hate orthodox criticism,” she wrote,  “…small niggling, fussy-mussy criticism, which thinks it can improve people by telling them where they are wrong, and results only in putting them in straitjackets of hesitancy and […]

What Happens When You Call Someone Out (And You Should)

When I was a graduate student at Emerson College, I got a teaching fellowship and found myself for the first time teaching writing comp to a roomful of freshmen. And while I never met a captive audience I didn’t like, this group had its share of challenges—the most memorable being a very tall, very wise-ass […]

Do You Really Want It, Or You Just Saying That?

I spoke at a big design conference called How Design Live earlier this month for creative professionals (marketers, designers, writers) hungry for fresh ideas—and got to watch one of my heroes take the stage. Liz Gilbert. As in, Eat Pray Love Liz Gilbert. She has a stunningly simple stage presence. She stood there and barely […]

I So Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything.

How are you? Feeling inspired, fired up, and ready to do stuff? Me neither. It doesn’t mean I won’t do anything. It doesn’t even mean I won’t like doing it when I get moving. But inspired to do things, before I do them? Please. If I waited to be inspired to do things, nothing would […]

Some People Are Going to Hate You for It. Don’t Listen.

A few weeks ago, I spoke at an event. The folks were lovely: Kind, friendly, considerate and welcoming. The talk I gave, on how to get beyond commodity, master your message, and stand out in a sea of sameness, was very well received and got top ratings by attendees (they do real-time ratings–the minute you […]

Being Novel Is Not the Same as Taking a Risk

This weekend I went to see my friend perform in a staged reading of “Welcome to the Doll Den.” It’s a play inspired by real-life events about the first all-female radio station, WGAL, in Memphis, Tennessee in 1955. Talk about standing out—these ladies were the first, they were special, they were different. Over the course […]