The hard part of writing a book isn’t getting published. It’s the actual writing. In this article, I offer 10 steps for writing a book along with 10 bonus steps to getting your book done. Books don’t just write themselves, after all. You have to invest everything you are into creating an important piece of work.
For centuries, historians 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.
It’s one thing to call yourself a writer; it’s quite another to actually write. So what separates the pros from the amateurs? Is it God-given talent? Natural skill? Or something else?
Of course, we all have gifts that we’ve been given. This is grace, the fact that we have things we are good at — and don’t deserve them. But what we do with those gifts is what separates the outliers from the rest of the pack.
Has a really good story every moved you to feel or to act? That is the true art of storytelling. Someone who knows this well and has honed this art is Scott Harrison of charity: water. Scott got into storytelling when he moved to NYC at 18. Initially, he rebelled against his upbringing and moved […]
It was late that night as I sat on my friend Ian’s porch and poured out my heart. What I had to share, though, I hadn’t told anybody, and it had been eating me up inside for a few years now. It was time somebody knew.
This is the year you become a writer. And what do writers do? They write.
There’s nothing mystical or magical about it — you just have to show up and commit to doing the work. Place butt in chair, fingers on keys, and start typing.
And this, of course, is where most writers fail. They never actually write a word. They talk about writing, think about writing, even read about writing. But they do not write.
I’ve recently started a gratitude journal, in which I write 5 things I’m grateful for. Today, I’m reflecting on the Tribe Conference I attended this year
For the longest time, I despised marketing. Couldn’t stand it. It just felt like pure dishonesty. I felt this way long before ever becoming a writer. Little did I know that just about everything I did was marketing.
How does inspiration happen? Where does it come from? Do we wait for it to come or simply get to work? And how does one go about capturing such a thing? Most importantly, how does a writer actually write?
There’s plenty of advice in the entrepreneurial community on habits. But what are atomic habits and how can you take the reins on creating atomic habits of your own? And why would you want to? The man to answer those questions is my friend, James Clear.
What’s the secret to writing a great book? Is it having a great book marketing plan? Hiring a PR agency? Studying grammar for years so you can craft the perfect sentence? Nope. The secret to writing a great book is coming up with a great idea. It all hinges on the idea.
This year has been quite transformative for me, and I’m still unpacking what it all means. Suffice to say, I am evaluating everything I’m doing, considering changing a lot both personally and professionally.