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, 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.

How a Fiction Writer Made $100,000 by Building a Career Around Her Craft

How a Fiction Writer Made $100,000 by Building a Career Around Her Craft

In late 2011, Shaunta Grimes did something that she’d dreamed of all her life. Something that every fiction writer dreams of (even if they want to be self-published, I promise every fiction writer has dreamed about this at one time or the other.)

She signed with a literary agent. What she believed and what actually happened next, are two very different stories.

What Successful Writers Do That Unsuccessful Writers Don’t

What Successful Writers Do That Unsuccessful Writers Don't

Over the past six years, I’ve been working hard to answer one big, very important question: “How do you make a living as a writer?”

At first, it was something I just wanted to answer for myself. But when I figured out how to support myself with a writing career, I began to wonder if it was possible for others. And what I discovered surprised me.

It turns out that most successful writers do some of the same things. And it also turns out that these are the very same things most unsuccessful writers DON’T do. So what are they?

Blog Your Way to a Traditional Book Deal: Interview with Erin Odom

Blog Your Way to a Traditional Book Deal: Interview with Erin Odom

Not long ago, Erin and her family were in poverty. Today, she has a successful writing business reaching countless people with her work that was 7 years in the making.

In January of 2011, she had a 2-year old and a newborn. Her family was barely making ends meet. Erin’s husband was teaching high school Spanish, she was working several jobs, and they were dangerously close to foreclosing on an out-of-state home.

Yes, You Can Make a Living Writing

Yes, You Can Make a Living Writing

For years, I’ve taught tens of thousands of writers the steps it takes to go from floundering in obscurity to turning their writing into a viable vocation.

This past week, I shared with you a series of resources that walked you through the first three of those steps.

And now, this week, I’m hosting a live training where I’ll teach you the WHOLE process — everything I’ve learned from coaching thousands of struggling writers, helping them succeed — and how you can follow in their footsteps.

$50,000 in 5 Months: 3 Essential Steps to Turn a Passion Project into a Business

$50,000 in 5 Months: 3 Essential Steps to Turn a Passion Project into a Business

If you would have told me then that selling physical products would be the way I make a full time income, I would have laughed. I’ve only been studying eCommerce for the past six months, hardly an expert!

Still, over the past 5 months, I’ve sold nearly $50,000 in products related to my niche, and I’d like to share the three steps I took to turn my passion project into a full time business.