How to Write a Great Story.

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How to Write a Persuasive Email

Apparently, writing a well-crafted and persuasive email befuddles a lot of writers because they confuse loads of BS with persuasion. Big mistake. Piling on hyperbole only turns a reader off. Keep in mind if you're writing emails to promote a product it's far easier to write an email promoting a product with genuine value. The internet is evolving away from hyperbole and spammy promises. Old … [Read more...]

How to Write Email Subject Lines that Work

The subject line of an email is essentially a headline. It gets scanned in a micro-second as the reader decides what in her inbox is worth a closer look. Considering the ever growing deluge of emails we all receive, hastily scanning our inbox is the only way to maintain a thread of sanity. Naturally, anything that whiffs of hyperbole or a bot is instantly sent to spam folder hell. How to Earn … [Read more...]

Take the Next Step

We can dream anything, absolutely anything; spaceships, perfect romance, wealth without end, fancy cars, whatever we want. There's no end to what we can imagine. It's truly amazing. Unfortunately, when we begin to work towards making our dreams come true, we collide with the extraordinary and often immovable resistance of reality. The physical world, after all, is not nearly as accommodating as … [Read more...]

How to Stay Focused When Writing.

Imagine, instead of writing, your job was to run. That's it, just run. Each morning, you left home and ran. Would you sprint? Would you pace yourself? How long would you run? Would you stop to pet a puppy, get a cup of coffee or flirt with a neighbor? If you're like most people, you might quickly get distracted. How to Earn a Darn Good Living as a Writer... Once that happens, the quality of … [Read more...]

Meditation for Writers

I had the good fortune to meet the spiritual teacher Cheri Huber in person. At the time, I didn't know who she was. I just bumped into her at a book festival in San Francisco where I was a volunteer. Our chance meeting changed my life in ways I'm still discovering nearly 20 years later. How to Earn a Darn Good Living as a Writer... My job at the book festival was to move through the crowd and … [Read more...]

How to Believe In Your Dream.

The biggest mistake you can make is to wait until you believe in your dream before you start to go after it. If you do that, you'll still be waiting when you take your last breath. I suspect you have to be a little crazy to go after your dream. It's risky and not everyone will share your enthusiasm. How to Earn a Darn Good Living as a Writer... In fact, most people won't. They have their own … [Read more...]

Easy Writing Tips

A search for easy writing tips typically leads to half-wit lists of do's and don'ts. Forget that. The trick to writing is to understand that your brain has two very different functions when it writes. One function is the creator. The other function is the critic. It's the right brain, left brain dilemma. The right brain springs from the subconscious. It's revolutionary. The left brain lives in a … [Read more...]