I’m not sure what I was expecting when visiting my first mud hut in the middle of Africa, but this was not it.
I wasn’t expecting hope.
“Is this where you live?” Wess asks the little girl as we march up the dirt path to her home.
Today, I leave for Africa. I’ve never been there before, and honestly, this is the most nervous I’ve been about overseas travel in a long time.
So why leave my family for a week and half with nothing but a backpack, my laptop, and a few changes of clothes?
For the next 10 days, I’ll be visiting several cities and villages in Uganda and Kenya and writing about the whole experience. Here’s why.
I have a passion for words and people not sounding like idiots when they communicate. It’s a cause near and dear to my heart.
So it drives me bonkers when people have an important message and waste what they have to say on poor delivery. Here’s how to stop doing that and write like pro.
Every communicator wants her message to be heard. Every creative wants his art to be appreciated — right?
But so many writers and artists don’t get the attention they deserve. Why? Because they neglect the single-most important element to building a tribe.
They forsake one simple, but essential online marketing asset:
You didn’t do it. You wanted to, thought about it, but you just didn’t take action. And now the regret comes. Did you miss your chance?
January 1 has come and gone, and you may be wondering, as I am, if it’s silly to start now. Could you still make that resolution? Could you start a diet or set a goal to make some small step towards changing your life?
Happy New Year. For the past two years, I’ve greeted January 1 with an eagerness that’s hard to contain.
Why? Because the past couple years have been some of the best in my life. And not for the reasons you’re probably thinking.
Not because I made resolutions or created new life goals. Heck, I didn’t even have a plan! I continue to have the best year of my life each and every year, because I’ve learned to change my habits.
Don’t waste your time with writing resolutions this New Year. Instead, focus on something else: resolve.
While the words are similar, the difference in meaning is significant. A resolution is something you make. Resolve is something you have.
In other words, commit. Choose into a process, not a set of audacious goals you’ll never meet.
This is the year you become a writer. And what do writers do? They write.
There’s nothing mystical or magical about it — you just have to show up and commit to doing the work. Place butt in chair, fingers on keys, and start typing.
And this, of course, is where most writers fail. They never actually write a word. They talk about writing, think about writing, even read about writing. But they do not write.
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