Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do

How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don't Know What to Do

I’m about 20% into my new novel at this point, and was just struck with a very important realization: I have no idea what I’m doing. But it’s fun to learn new things, right? Well, sometimes.

As this challenge gets progressively harder, I’m learning a few lessons about the art of writing fiction (which seems much harder than nonfiction, but maybe that’s just my inexperience talking).

128: How to Write a Novel in a Month: Interview with Grant Faulkner

128: How to Write a Novel in a Month: Interview with Grant Faulkner

Many people believe they have a novel in them, but they fail to ever write it. They sit on the dream for years and a word never reaches the page. What they don’t realize is getting started is easier than they think.

Why I Started Writing Fiction: The Power of Beginning Again

Why I Started Writing Fiction (And You Should Begin Again)

Life is lived best in the place of risk and trust. Things are more thrilling when we are at the edge of what’s possible, beyond what is expected or considered normal. And when we push ourselves to do what we aren’t sure is possible, we grow.

This is why just a week ago, I stepped up and said something I never thought I’d say, at least not in the past five years of more serious writing: I’m writing a novel.

Why not give it a try?

127: Deconstructing the Elements of a Successful Conference

127: Deconstructing the Pivotal Elements of a Successful Conference

There are so many elements of a conference for organizers to consider. Dates, food, speakers, content, lanyards, and the like. But there is one component that accounts for 50% of an event’s success.

Why the World Needs More Patrons Than You May Realize

Why the World Needs More Patrons

Patrons do not just make the arts possible. They make the world you and I habit—and so often take for granted—possible. If you aspire to create something of value and share it with the world, you are going to need a patron. And in due time, the world may need you to become one.