Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

4 Practices to Try When You Don’t Feel Motivated to Write

Most people set goals. Maybe to write a book or lose a few pounds or even launch a business. We all understand what it means to dream for a better life. But the follow-through is often the hardest part.

How do you stay inspired when life gets hard?

This is a question I get a lot and one that’s tough to answer. But the way we answer it will determine our success in so many areas of life, from the art we create to the way we treat our bodies and our loved ones. In particular, this is a question writers often ask themselves.

143: How to Prepare for Your Big Break Before it Surprises You: Interview with Jill & Kate

143: How to Prepare for Your Big Break Before it Surprises You: Interview with Jill & Kate

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. An aspiring musician moves to Nashville with nothing but a dream and her guitar. She plays in dive bars to whoever will listen in hopes of being discovered and becoming a big star.

We all know how the sad story usually ends. Or do we?

You Aren’t Born an Artist, You Become One

How Anyone Can Become an Artist (The Rule of Re-creation)

What does it take to become an artist? This is the question.

First of all, we are all creative. Maybe some of us create poems and others create summer break schedules, but we all have it in us to be makers — to bring some new creation into the world that did not before exist.

This is the magic of being human.

142: How to Monetize a Podcast (or Any Craft): Live Coaching Session with Heather Teysko

142: How to Monetize a Podcast (or Any Craft): Live Coaching Session with Heather Teysko

There are no end of alleged “influencers” on social media telling you to chase your passion. To pull the ripcord and pursue your dreams full-time. What their carefully curated snapshots fail to tell you is that passion isn’t enough. And it shouldn’t be.

How to Fall Back in Love with Writing

How to Fall Back in Love with Writing

It will happen. Eventually. You’ll do something you love, and after awhile, you’ll forget why you started. You’ll build a platform that’s successful, and it won’t matter. Because you’ll resent the thing that brought you so much attention.

You’ll find yourself writing for the approval of others and no longer satisfied with your craft. You will feel trapped. But this is not the end. It’s just the beginning. You’ve yet to create your best work. To live a life that inspires others.