Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

153: Why Meaningful Work Automatically Attracts an Audience: Interview with Mark Frauenfelder

153: Why Meaningful Work Automatically Attracts an Audience: Interview with Mark Frauenfelder

One of the biggest challenges any creative faces is what to make and who to make it for. How do you determine if an idea is a good fit for you, or if anyone will pay attention long enough to buy it?

Being a full-time writer doesn’t necessarily equate to writing “full-time”. I don’t sit at my desk for eight hours every week day and pound away at the keyboard writing books and blog posts. There’s a bit more complexity to running a successful blog, launching books, and operating a digital business.

The Real Person Responsible for Creative Geniuses

The Invisible Influencer Behind Most Creative Geniuses

When we see someone succeed with their art, we often chalk this success up to luck. But is that what’s really happening?

At the same time, was it just talent that allowed them to succeed?

Behind most creative geniuses, there is an invisible influencer making it all happen. These people lend their influence to help creative talents succeed, introducing them to people and opportunities they would not encounter otherwise.

152: The Truth Behind Finding Luck: Interview with Brett Kelly

152: The Truth Behind Finding Luck: Interview with Brett Kelly

People start writing for all kinds of reasons. Fame, fortune, boredom, or another hobby they’ll quit in three weeks. But sometimes, a person writes for something more. They write for freedom.

Most of us want freedom from something. Our past, a bad habit, a toxic relationship, a dull day job, or even the distractions we let keep us from writing.

Why Pre-ordering a Book Helps Both the Author & Reader + How to Get My New Book Bonuses

Why Preordering a Book Helps Both the Author and Reader

Today is the day many of you have been waiting for, where I tell you it’s finally time to preorder my new book. If you order Real Artists Don’t Starve before June 6, you’re going get some great bonuses.

But first things first, why should you preorder a book in the first place? Maybe you’ve seen authors asking for this and don’t know why they do it. Well, here are a few reasons.

5 Tips from Hemingway that Will Make You a Better Writer

5 Tips from Ernest Hemingway That Will Make You a Better Writer

In the spring of 1934, an aspiring writer named Arnold Samuelson hitchhiked from Minnesota to Florida to see if he could land a meeting with his favorite author. Feeling discouraged over his writing, Samuelson believed he needed a mentor to help him improve his craft.

The writer he had picked to be his mentor? Ernest Hemingway.