Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Overcoming Perfectionism: Stop Going Around in Circles

Lyric the Dog (Stop Going in Circles)

This is our dog Lyric. Lyric, I’m afraid, has OCD. I don’t know if it’s genetic or what, but this tragic handicap will probably impair him for the rest of his life. You see, our dog is a perfectionist. And as a writer, I can relate.

What I’m Reading this Week: 2.20.11

Girl on bed with book

I’m a big fan of writers reading (a lot). I have a stack of books and magazines on my night stand and don’t feel complete at the end of the day if I haven’t read from some of them. How else are you supposed to get better at your craft if you’re not studying what others are doing?

Creatives: You Are Not What You Do

To Be Creative Is to Be Misunderstood

Last week, I asked the question, “What Is a Creative?” Many of you chimed in on Twitter, giving some very thought-provoking and compelling answers. Here are some of my favorite responses to the hash tag #acreativeis, describing what a creative is.

Writing and Developing a Thesis

Typewriter: Writing a Thesis

If you’re beginning to write something — anything, really — you need a thesis.

You can start brainstorming or free-writing, but eventually you’ll need a thesis for the piece to stand on its own.

7 Tips for More Effective Writing

Effective Writing

People often ask me what it takes to be a good writer. The short answer? I don’t know. The slightly longer answer? I don’t know, and I don’t care.

How do you write in a way that effectively communicates your point and gets people to think or do what you want them to do? Here are 7 short tips for effective writing straight from my brain.