Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book

Tips for Writing a Book

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.

Why the Story of the Starving Artist Needs to Die

Why the Story of the Starving Artist Needs to Die

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.

The Rule of the Scene: Why Where You Live Affects the Work You Do

The Rule of the Scene: Why Where You Live Affects the Work You Do

When we look at the lives of successful artists, writers, and creatives, we don’t just see a collection of serendipitous moments. We see strategy. Whether intentional or not, we see a series of incidents and connections that allow the person’s work to get the attention it deserves.

And this does not happy by accident. At least, not usually.

How to Risk Like a Writer

How to Risk Like a Writer

Part of the job of a writer is take risks, but not just the big, bold risks that can make or break a career. More often than that, it’s the small but significant risks that make up the work we do.

Alan Bean: 3 Lessons on Life and Art from the Fourth Man to Walk on the Moon

I spoke with Alan on the phone with no idea that less than eighteen months later, he would leave this world. It was honestly one of the most moving and significant conversations I’ve ever had in my life. It only seemed right to share that with others.

Real Artists Don’t Starve is Now Available

Real Artists Don't Starve is Here

Today, my new book Real Artists Don’t Starve hits bookstores everywhere (well, I mean, just about everywhere). I’m doing a happy dance right now, because this is a book that I spent over a year researching and 11 months writing. Today is the day that book gets to see the world.

But that means today is also the LAST DAY to order the book and get these great bonuses.

The Secret to Writing Successful Children’s Books: Interview with Mike Thomas

The Secret to Writing Successful Children's Books: Interview with Mike Thomas

Mike and his son looked for a fascinating Christian-based book appropriate for a grade schooler, and they couldn’t find one. So Mike decided he would write a book for this niche. Even though he’d never been a writer before, Mike set his mind to it and came up with the idea for The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls.