Your Dreams Won’t Last Forever

What do you want to do when you grow up? That was the question that sparked the passions of a younger you, and probably lead to where you are now. But as dreams, needs, and markets change, the chances are higher that you won’t be chasing the same dream ten years from now. With 21% of millennials saying they’ve switched jobs in the last year, we should consider changing the question from “what do you want to do when you

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How to Write a Finished First Draft

Writing is fun, editing…not so much. Going back and looking at those words you forced out while trying to get through your first draft can make you feel terrible at your craft. I can’t think of a more demotivating, soul-crushing activity for a writer to experience. What if you could write a clean and finished first draft? No need to go back and spend weeks or months editing. One and done. It’s not only possible; it’s essential if you self-publish

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We Think in 500 Word Intervals

A good story, whether it be a work of fiction or an informative article, should move the reader through each section of text as naturally as possible. This isn’t something you look for, and if it’s done right, it isn’t something that is noticed, but it’s essential to writing that doesn’t put readers to sleep. There are many pacing tools to encourage readers to read further, from choppy sentences to cliffhangers, but one important tool is writing to the attention

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Use This Tool to Double Your Daily Word Count

Writing is hard. Let’s not mince words about it. But you have the skills. You know what you’re doing. So why the difficulty? What’s getting in your way? If you’re anything like…I don’t know, every writer I’ve ever met, you are getting in your way because of your fear of writing poorly or having your work criticized. Especially if you’re a fiction writer, you worry that you’ll be judged forever based on the first book you ever publish. If you

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Don’t Slow Your Writing Momentum By Blogging

You’ve heard it before. “You need to communicate with your readers.” “Carve out your spot on the internet.” “Fans need to know where to find you.” “The best time to start blogging was ten years ago; the second-best time is now.” They’re all right, of course — except that last one…sometimes. Author websites can be an essential part of your online presence. And if you’re going to peddle fiction for a living, readers do need to be able to find you, but

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Your Headline Needs to Tell a Story, and So Do Your Book Titles

You’ve read thousands of articles on the importance of getting your headlines just right. Book titles are just as important — a catchy title could be the difference between a bestseller and a flop. Some of my best articles have the worst headlines and went nowhere, and a mediocre book I wrote in 2013 is a Platinum Bestseller, likely because the title is intriguing. If you’re looking to publish a book or write articles online, you need to master the art of

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The Effect of School Closures on My Writing Routine

When the talking heads on the news began arguing about whether or not schools should reopen, I was firmly in the camp that they shouldn’t. I live with a member of a vulnerable population, and I don’t want one of my children to bring COVID-19 home from school. I didn’t expect the many changes it would have on my career and home life. My routine The most significant change has been expediting my exit from a full-time job. I used

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You Don’t Need Permission to Be Successful

Many people believe that politicians, celebrities, and CEOs keep them from achieving their dreams. The reality is that none of them would have power if someone didn’t give it to them. You know who’s really in control, who absolutely has the power to block you? Gatekeepers — the ones who allow access to power and influence in the first place. Or, at least, they used to. Here’s a little secret: we don’t need gatekeepers anymore. I don’t. You don’t. What you need

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Never Lose a Freelance Client Again

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The hardest part of being a freelancer is getting new clients. Putting together your portfolio, hounding people on social media, writing on LinkedIn, only to land a quick $300 job for a client you’ll never see again. No one got into the freelance game to self-promote. What if you could take that $300 one-time client and turn them into a $30k per year client? You could spend more time doing what you love, which is why you became a freelancer

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11 Years Blogging Was a Waste Compared to 3 Weeks on Medium

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Maybe waste is the wrong word. I mean, I learned a lot blogging for over a decade. Being the sole writer for a martial arts blog and a personal author blog taught me a lot about designing on WordPress and got my essay structure on point. But what I’ve learned since joining Medium three weeks ago has given me the boost I needed to make some real money. Here’s what I’ve learned… How to Write a Headline It’s possible that I’ve posted

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