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On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

3 Reasons You Should Take Ownership of Your Writing Career Today

3 Reasons You Should Take Ownership of Your Writing Career Today

Fair or not, the most popular authors, bloggers, and speakers aren’t always the ones with the most talent or even the best ideas. And if that bothers you, it should.

The people who succeed are those who understand how the system works. And those that don’t sadly miss out. But the good news is we writers have more control over our success than ever before.

081: Your One True Calling Doesn’t Have to be One Thing: Interview with Emilie Wapnick [Podcast]

081 Emilie Wapnick Multipotentialite

The unspoken assumption behind the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is that the what is just one thing. Once you become a fire fighter, accountant, writer, or plumber, that’s it.

But we know better, don’t we?

Emilie Wapnick coined the term “multipotentialite”. This one word summarizes the idea of The Portfolio Life. We’re more complex and our interests are more varied than a single occupation can contain.

What I Learned (the Hard Way) About Becoming a Full-time Writer

hard way

I used to think becoming a writer was just about writing a lot and waiting for your big break. It’s not about that at all. It’s about much more.

It’s probably not a coincidence that Entrepreneur decided to run my article on the secret behind why creative people succeed today. I don’t believe in coincidences — at least, not when writing is concerned.

If you want to get your writing noticed, if you want the world to hear your message, you can’t just sit in a cabin and write all day. There’s more to mastering your craft than that.

Building an Audience: Why You Don’t Have to Do It “Their” Way [Podcast]

Building an Audience

A platform is people, nothing more. It’s how you connect your message to the needs of the world. And if you have something to say or share, it’s essential.

Here’s the thing, though: You don’t have to do this the same way everyone else does. You can build a platform your way. In fact, it’s supremely important that you don’t chase other people’s success or try to give people what you think they want.

080: Finding Your One Thing: Interview with Jay Papasan [Podcast]

Jay Papasan

The quickest way to tell the difference between a writer and someone who wants to write, is the one who actually writes.

Creatives of all shades struggle with the tension between their passion and the hard work of honing their craft. It’s far easier to complain about writer’s block or say you are too busy.

The inconvenient truth of creative work is that it requires work. Jay Papasan, co-author of The One Thing, shares that many professional writers got their start by waking up early to write while their family was still asleep.