Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Myth of the Overnight Success: Interview with Jackie Bledsoe

How to Become an Overnight Success: Interview with Jackie Bledsoe

Living outside Nashville, you can’t order a cup of coffee without running into someone looking for their big break. Everyone wants to be an overnight success. It seems like less work and more fun, but nothing could be further from the truth.

When you’ve got big dreams and life throws you a curveball, it can derail more than your financial plan. Getting injured or sick can ruin your career. Losing a job unexpectedly can mess with your sense of self, and make you reevaluate your purpose in life.

Though, sometimes in the crucible of difficult circumstances is where we find our true calling.

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Four (Beyond the Launch)

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Four (Beyond the Launch)

There’s a difference between an author and a writer. An author is someone who published a book at least once. A writer is someone who continues to write and publish, cultivating a writing life. But how do you know what to write about, and when to start your next project?

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Three (Clarity)

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Three (Clarity)

We often start out with a specific intent when we begin a new project. We’re out to prove an argument and make a point. But what happens when, in the course of writing, we discover new truths that derail our message?

When author and memoir consultant Marion Roach Smith worked at The New York Times, she was told: Never go out with intent. Even when you know someone has committed a crime.

The idea was that setting out to capture a story with a verdict already in mind would skew your writing. A good journalist is open to not proving what she thinks to be true.

Authors are no exception.

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Two (Research)

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Two

It doesn’t matter how original your idea is or how well the message of your book resonates with readers, if it’s missing this essential quality, your writing will lack legitimacy and credibility. A little research goes a long way.

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.