Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

133: The Neglected Secret to Finishing Any Writing Project On Time

133: The Neglected Secret to Finishing Any Writing Project On Time

The hardest part of writing a book isn’t getting started. Resistance doesn’t push back on new ideas or even the first few chapters. No, the most difficult part of any writing project is the end.

I like writing books because I like starting projects. It’s fun to tackle a new idea. The novelty and excitement of beginning with a clean slate is thrilling.

132: John Green: The Best-selling Author With a Day Job

132: Why to Keep Your Day Job After Becoming a Best-selling Author: Interview with John Green

Many writers dream of the moment they get “the call”. They answer the phone and Destiny is on the other side. Maybe their book hit a best-sellers list, or Oprah wants their novel for her book club. One call can change your life. Or can it?

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.