Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

131: Are You a True Writer If You Don’t Write Fiction?

131: Are You a True Writer If You Don’t Write Fiction?

Writing is a challenge regardless of whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. When you look back through history and think about the writers we remember and quote, precious few are non-fiction authors. But can non-fiction writers successfully explore fiction? Are you really a “writer” if you never publish a novel?

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and What Really Matters

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and What Really Matters

It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of business and start optimizing for your own success. To sell more books, make more money, reach more people. Fame is a drug, and the more of it you get, the more you need. I know that from personal experience. But like any drug, after a while you start to wonder if this is actually any good for you, and if it’s making you any happier.

130: Stop Running Away From Your Story: Interview with John O’Leary

130: Stop Running Away From Your Story: Interview with John O’Leary

Everybody has an origin story. The heroes and villains of your favorite novels have one. And so do you. But perhaps it’s not the same story you’re telling to the world.

This week on The Portfolio Life, John O’Leary and I talk about a defining moment when an explosion launched John 20 feet across his garage with third degree burns covering almost 90% of his body.

How to Improve Your Writing Speed and Quality Simultaneously

How to Improve Your Writing Speed Without Hurting Your Writing Quality

As a writer, I had this snobbish idea that the best, most meaningful work happened slowly and painstakingly. But that’s just not true. One of the most important skills for a writer to learn is how to write quickly.

129: How to Build a Community of Raving Fans for Your Book Launch

129: How to Foster a Community of Raving Fans for Your Book Launch

The last sound you want to hear after releasing a new project into the world is silence. What if there was a way to launch a book (or blog or business) to a crowd of raving fans instead?

Many people don’t think military deserter and cosmetology instructor belong in the same sentence let alone in the same Twitter bio.

David Mike is an author who self-published his story of being dishonorably discharged, prison time, drug dealing, and redemption.