Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Why the Story of the Starving Artist Needs to Die

Why the Story of the Starving Artist Needs to Die

For centuries, believed the great Renaissance master was just another Starving Artist, struggling to make ends meet. Michelangelo himself embraced this image, living frugally and often complaining about money. He once wrote in a poem that his art had left him “poor, old and working as a servant of others.”

But it turns out he wasn’t telling the truth.

How to Pivot to Find Your Passion (and Get Paid): Interview with Mignon Fogarty

How to Pivot to Find Your Passion (and Get Paid)

The path to our life’s work is rarely linear. I studied Spanish and Religion in college, and now I write books and create digital content that has little to do with either topic. Perhaps it’s not what we learn, but the journey of learning that leads us to our passions.

Why I Created a Conference in a World of Too Many Conferences

Why I Created a Conference in a World of Too Many Conferences

The world doesn’t need another conference. There are enough summits and meet ups and festivals to last a few lifetimes. And we certainly don’t need another writers’ conference.

But what there may be room for, what we just might need, is not another busy extravaganza with every minute of the schedule packed to the max, but rather, a place to breathe and be. An experience that leaves you changed.

Why Every Writer Needs an Email List

Why Every Writer Needs an Email List

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:

Myth of the Overnight Success: Interview with Jackie Bledsoe

How to Become an Overnight Success: Interview with Jackie Bledsoe

Living outside Nashville, you can’t order a cup of coffee without running into someone looking for their big break. Everyone wants to be an overnight success. It seems like less work and more fun, but nothing could be further from the truth.

When you’ve got big dreams and life throws you a curveball, it can derail more than your financial plan. Getting injured or sick can ruin your career. Losing a job unexpectedly can mess with your sense of self, and make you reevaluate your purpose in life.

Though, sometimes in the crucible of difficult circumstances is where we find our true calling.

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Four (Beyond the Launch)

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Four (Beyond the Launch)

There’s a difference between an author and a writer. An author is someone who published a book at least once. A writer is someone who continues to write and publish, cultivating a writing life. But how do you know what to write about, and when to start your next project?