Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

How to Write Your Best Book: Part One

How to Write and Launch Your Best Book: Part One

Writing your first book is equal parts intimidating and exhilarating. You’re scared and excited at the same time. One fear that grips new authors is how to write a book in the first place. Turns out, you re-learn this skill with every new title.

After writing four books, you might assume that it was easy for me to tackle a fifth without much help. But we both know that lasting creative success happens in the context of community. Real Artists Don’t Starve was no exception.

Learn to Love the Work, or Do Something Else (and Other Lessons on Enduring Greatness)

Enduring Greatness

When you’re trying to prove a point and the opposite result happens, you’re left with an interesting dilemma. I was intentionally not trying to hit a bestsellers list with Real Artists Don’t Starve, because I was focusing on the long game instead of the short-lived success.

But in spite of my efforts, the book debuted on The Wall Street Journal Best Sellers List at #6.

Do you know what I did when I heard that news?

156: Avoid the Ravenous Monster of the Bestseller Game: Interview with Elizabeth Marshall

156: Avoid the Ravenous Monster of the Bestseller Game: Interview with Elizabeth Marshall

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that traditional publishing and hitting the bestseller lists is a game. You don’t write a bestseller so much as you launch one. And yet, for those who want their work to endure, the question hangs in the air: is the game worth playing?

As a writer and five-time author, I’d be lying if I told you that hitting the Wall Street Journal bestseller list twice meant nothing to me. Honestly, it feels good.

But you know what?

Yes, You Actually Can Make Money off Art

Yes, You Actually Can Make Money Writing (or Doing Anything Creative)

For most of my life, I was told a certain story about what it means to be an artist, a title reserved for that special group of people who were talented but unlikely to succeed.

Whether that meant pursuing a career in writing, fine art, or music, the advice was always the same: don’t quit your day job. Always have something to fall back on. Creativity was a nice outlet, even a valuable skill, but you should never go all in on being an artist. Because, odds are, you’ll starve. You may have been told something similar.

But is that the truth?

155: What Makes You Unmistakable: Interview with Srini Rao

155: What Makes a Creative Unmistakable: Interview with Srini Rao

With over 2.7 million blog posts published every day and hundreds of thousands of books published every year, it’s difficult for writers to stand out from the crowd. Or is it?

Think about your favorite restaurant. You’re not just there for the food are you? You like the ambiance, friendly staff, comfy chairs, efficient service, and the presentation of the desserts.

Writers and creatives have the same opportunity to create an experience for their audiences.