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?

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.

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.

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.

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.