Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Every Writer Needs a Tribe (Have You Found Yours?)

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The other day, I had three conversations:

A friend on social media told me she was tired of building a platform and just wanted to write.

Another told me there was no formula for getting published (I believed her because she written over a dozen books); however she did say that attracting a tribe of fans is important.

An established author told me writers who don’t worry about marketing are doomed from the start.

I believe they’re all right. Chances are, if you’re a writer, you can resonate with one of the above worldviews. You’re likely frustrated or tired or maybe even hopeful of this idea of building a tribe. And I want to help clear some things up for you.

The Biggest Lie We Believe About Influence

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There is a lie that many of us unwittingly believe. I tell it to myself every day. You probably do the same.

It’s a subtle, seemingly innocuous phrase that rings through my head. It attacks me when I’m doubting myself. It’s my excuse for not starting sooner. It may tease and taunt you, causing you to think less of yourself. It sounds like this…

Focusing on the Important Stuff in an Age of Distraction

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In a world saturated with social media and unlimited interruptions, many of us struggle to focus on what’s in front of us.

With so many voices vying for attention, it’s hard to know what’s worth our time.

5 Ways to Build a Powerful Email List

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It’s one thing to understand the importance of email — why you need to be earning permission to communicate with your audience. But it’s quite another to have a healthy list you’re consistently growing.

One of the best things I ever did as a blogger was build an email list.

My email newsletter has been the most important asset to my platform. It has allowed me to attract an engaged audience, land three traditional book contracts, and build a business that allowed me to quit my job and live my dream.

The Very Best Way to Get Rejected Every Time

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From my experience as a freelancer, I’ve learned that it takes more than good content to become a published writer.

You need relationships. You need connections. You need to learn how to pitch your work.

When you’re getting started (at anything, really), you’re scared. You’re insecure. You don’t want to come off as some kind of arrogant jerk.

So what do you do?

The Most Important Part of the Creative Life

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There are countless books, products, and resources geared towards aiding the creative process. There’s so much to learn and consume. What’s an artist to do?

If you make art, your skills have never been in higher demand. There have never been more people willing to help you do your work and vying for your attention. There’s just one problem:

You will still be misunderstood.

10 Things I’ll Never Forget About Uganda

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Last night, I hopped a plane from Kampala to Mombasa, and now I’m blogging from my phone in the bush. It’s all part of my African adventure.

As I look back on the past whirlwind of a week, there are a few things I will never forget.

The Worst Mistake You Don’t Know You’re Making

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In high school, I had a teacher, Mrs. Kuntz, who was so tough on her students that we all feared failing her class.

Never before had I worried so much about earning a passing grade, but her high standards made me wonder if I had what it took.

Little did I know what I was about to learn.

The Dirty, Messy Part of a Writer’s Life

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I had a real job once. Before I became a writer, I worked for a nonprofit where I learned that the best work is the kind that costs you something. Even though I don’t do that anymore, it’s still part of who I am.

For me, this job of being a writer is not just about the writing. It’s about the difference-making.

The Meaning of Life in Three Parts

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On the other side of the world, fighting jetlag and a little bit of culture shock, I’m surprised not by the differences I see, but the similarities.

On this trip, I’m struck with a truth that sticks to my soul: No matter where we go, people are just people, and despite our differences, we have more in common than meets the eye.

We all want essentially the same things in life, and today I saw them more clearly than ever before.