Become a Writer Today

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Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life With Garrain Jones

July 29th, 2019


In 2011, Garrain Jones was 40 pounds overweight and living out of his car in California. Today, he runs a seven-figure coaching business, has spoken in 32 countries and is about to release his new book *Change Your …

Sisu: The Finnish of Courage With Joanna Nylund

July 29th, 2019


Have you ever faced an insurmountable barrier?

If so, a Finnish idea may help you solve that problem. Sisu is a concept that means strength of will, …

How to Build a 7 Figure Business in 12 Months With Ryan Daniel Moran

June 28th, 2019


Ryan Moran is the founder of Capitalism, Freedom Fast Lane and the author of an upcoming book called 12 Months to One Million.

He has also helped over 300 entrepreneurs launch and grow seven figure businesses on places …

How to Conquer Writer's Block for Good

May 27th, 2019


Have you ever looked at the blank page and found yourself out of ideas?

Or perhaps you’re wondering, "Do I have writer’s block?"

Don’t worry.

Almost every writer has asked themselves how they’ll produce something …

How to Unlock Creative Thinking With Best-Selling Author Professor Michael A. Roberto

May 10th, 2019


Professor Michael A. Roberto teaches leadership, business strategy and managerial decision-making at Bryant University in Rhode Island as well as for the Great Courses.

He's also the author of several best-selling …

Finding Your Motivation and Writing Viral Nonfiction with Jeff Hayden

April 26th, 2019


Would you like to write nonfiction articles that get thousands if not millions of views?

If so, meet Jeff Hayden.

He's a nonfiction writer and …

Make Your Business Run Like Clockwork and Put Your Profits First With Mike Michalowicz

April 16th, 2019


Do sometimes find you don't have enough time to write because you're spending hours on other parts of your business? Or perhaps you're earning a side-income from writing but you can't seem to take a profit, after …

How To Write a Nonfiction Book With Joanna Penn

April 4th, 2019


A few people online have helped me with my creative career either directly or indirectly.

Joanna Penn is one of those people.

I first started listening to the Creative Penn podcast by Joanna Penn in 2014 just before I …

The Creative Process Behind Writing a Memorable Business Book With Ajit Nawalkha

March 12th, 2019


Are you considering quitting your job to work in your business full-time?

You may not have to burn the boats or go beyond the point of no return, …

Daniel Pink on When You Should Write, Research, Work and Play

March 5th, 2019


Daniel Pink is the New York Times best-selling author of books like When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. 

His new book When: The Scientific Secrets of …

Jason Chicola Weighs in on How to Make More Money as a Freelancer

February 12th, 2019


 A founder of UpWork and Rev, both online businesses, Jason Chicola shares how writers can earn an income online.

UpWork is a platform that connects …

Gaming, Storytelling and Creative Projects With John Romero

January 24th, 2019


Latest episode of Become a Writer Today


In a now famous essay, Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham argued for dividing a working day up into maker …

Turning Your Writing Into a Million Dollar Business With Elaine Pofeldt

January 19th, 2019


What does it take for an author to create a seven figure business? A team of writers. A marketing department? Offices around the world? 

The answers …

Anthony Metivier on Memory Palaces, Mind-Mapping and Self-Publishing Non-fiction Books

January 10th, 2019


Anthony Metivier is the author of more than a dozen best-selling non-fiction books that help people improve their memory and learn new languages.

My Annual Review - 2018

January 9th, 2019


January is one of my favourite times of the year. It's a time for renewal and for reflecting on what worked and didn't work during the previous year.

So in this 2018 annual review, I will share with you what worked for …

Alex Newton of K-Lytics On Selling More Non-Fiction Books

January 3rd, 2019


Alexander Niehues (aka Alex Newton) worked as a senior management consultant in the corporate world for 20 years before quitting his career to work …

Find a Creative Master from The Power of Creativity

December 20th, 2018


Finding a mentor can help you become more creative and find success with your writing or art.

This is a chapter from The Power of Creativity, available now on Audible.

Creating Atomic Habits With James Clear

December 14th, 2018


James Clear is the New York Times best-selling author of Atomic Habits.
He also coaches readers (and even writers) how to succeed in their personal and professional lives by reaping the rewards of smart daily decisions.

Howard H. White on Setting Audacious Goals and Writing a Best-Selling Business Book

November 27th, 2018


Michael Jordan credits Howard H. White with supporting him throughout his 15-year career and helping him beyond the game of basketball.

He's Nike's liaison for athletes such as Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley
White is …

Marianne McGuire On Meditation, Creativity and Art

November 20th, 2018


Meditation is a proven practice that can help writers and creative professionals find better ideas for their work too.

After I wake up early, I typically meditate each morning for 10 or twenty minutes before sitting down …

Self-Publishing Your Non-Fiction Book

November 15th, 2018


Do you want to self-publish your non-fiction book?

What services do you need to pay for when publishing your first book?

I think you'll agree with me that there's a lot to self-publishing a book for the first time.

These …

Self-editing Your Book Until It's Good Enough to Publish

November 8th, 2018


Have you ever written a paragraph in your book, rewrote it, written another paragraph, and then went back and rewrote that too?

And on and on and on…

Adam Jelic of MiGoals On Creating and Selling a Daily Planner

November 1st, 2018


Over the years, I've tested dozens of digital productivity tools for setting goals and managing to-do lists. Although digital tools are useful, …

How to Handle Critical Feedback From Your Book Editor

October 5th, 2018


When was the last time you had to deal with criticism?

If you’ve worked with an editor, you’ll know how difficult it can be to deal with criticism.

How to Set Goals for Your Writing

September 28th, 2018


No matter what type of writer you are, setting a writing goal will help you succeed with your articles, stories and even books.

In this episode, I will explain the different types of writing goals you can set and how you …

Creating Remarkable Content with Nate Weiner, CEO of Pocket

September 21st, 2018


Like many people, I spend way too much time thumbing through news feeds and clicking on intriguing Twitter headlines. Over the years, I've investigated various ways of reducing how long I spend staring at my feeds so I …

7 Odd Productivity Tricks for Writers

September 14th, 2018


Would you like to get out of the starting blocks faster when your alarm clock sounds?

If so, you need a morning ritual or routine you adhere to …

How to Conquer the Loneliness That Comes With Being a Writer

September 6th, 2018


Writing is a lonely job.

It demands spending extended periods by yourself working on articles, stories or books, often without feedback from others.

Look at the work spaces of many famous writers, and you'll find them …

Want to Become More Creative? Take a Nap Every Day

August 2nd, 2018


Lots of top writers and creative professionals nap every day. It will help you find more ideas and focus on your writing. In this episode, I explain how to nap effectively and get away with it, based on an interview …

What You Can Learn About Success from Malcolm Gladwell

July 26th, 2018


Malcolm Gladwell is one of the world's top business writers, but did you know he struggled to find success for years?

In this episode, I explain how …

The Best Grammar Checker in 2018: Whitesmoke vs Ginger vs Grammarly

July 19th, 2018


What's the best grammar checker you can use in 2018?
Or are you looking for the best online proofreading software?
As a writer who loves tools, I've …

4 Timeless Productivity Lessons from Albert Einstein

July 12th, 2018


Albert Einstein knew how to work hard, and he also knew when to take time off.
He once said, "I have no special talents. I am only passionately …

3 Timeless Productivity Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

July 5th, 2018


Author. Printer. Politician. Scientist. Postmaster. Founding father.
As one of the leading thinkers and public figures of the eighteenth century, …

The Power of Creativity

June 14th, 2018


Where are you going next?”

I was sick of this question.

I was nearly two months into a summer backpacking
trip around Brazil, and I’d begun to loathe the backpackers
around me.

They kept asking me questions – not because

What I Learnt By Writing Over One Million Words in a Journal

June 7th, 2018


This is a follow on episode where I elaborate on my journal writing practice. It's also based on this detailed article I wrote for Better Humans on …

Riffing on Kurt Vonnegut's Rules for Writers

June 1st, 2018


Kurt Vonnegut got over his fears about becoming an author. He learnt how to write great books… and how to sell them.

He also crafted eight rules for …

David Mamet's Rules for Success

May 22nd, 2018


Famous American playwright and screenwriter David Mamet offers two rules for success as an artist.

Although he speaks primarily from his experiences …

How to Turn Your Blog Into a Book

May 15th, 2018


Do you want to turn your blog into a book?

If you're a non-fiction writer, this is a fantastic approach to writing a book.

Last year, I set out to write a book about non-fiction writing. I decided that I wanted to turn …

Writing the First Draft: The No-Nonsense Guide for Authors

May 8th, 2018


I once wrote the first draft of a book chapter that smelt so bad, I had to open up the office window while reading it.

It's a good thing my first …

Getting Your Technique Down

May 1st, 2018


New York man Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) wanted to do one thing with his life: to live for art. During his teens and early twenties, he …

Writing and Working From Home

April 24th, 2018


I've worked at home on and off for several years as a journalist, copywriter and marketer. I've procrastinated and accomplished nothing while working outside of the office. I've also enjoyed some of my most productive …

What New Writers Need to Know About Fear

April 19th, 2018


I want to talk about four of the most common fears that new writers and people who set out to write a book for the first time often have.

To talk about these fears I want to tell you a little bit about my writing …

How to Write Every Day

April 17th, 2018


I knew I wanted to publish my first book, and that learning to write every day was the key to doing it.

But, it wasn’t enough to know the concept.

I had to figure out how to keep my deadlines and finish writing what I …

Yes, You Can Write! Use These Writing Prompts

April 12th, 2018


Now, my list of writing prompts works for me... because I
wrote them. No, that’s not the sound of my over-sized ego
banging off the ceiling.

I’d like you to create your own list of writing prompts and add to it over time.

What Steve Martin Said After Becoming Wildly Successful

April 4th, 2018


Steve Martin spent much of the 1970s becoming America’s top stand-up comedian. He toured the country with his surreal show, and he sold out arenas to …

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Writing Your First Book

March 27th, 2018


It’s exciting, isn’t it?

Writing your first book and then sending the final version to your editor and later it being available (and SELLING!) on stores like Amazon.

The months (or even years) of hard work are over, and …

How to Become a Better Writer: 7 Ways You Can Improve Your Craft

March 22nd, 2018


Several readers and listeners recently emailed me asking: “How can I become a better writer?”

The right answer to how to become a better writer (or even a good writer), depends on what level you’re at, what you write, …

Why Journal Writing Is Such a Valuable Practice

March 16th, 2018


"The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.” — Virginia Woolf

Do you keep a journal? I’ve spent years writing in …

Knowing When It's Time to Write (And Finding Space to Do It)

March 14th, 2018


In episode, I explain how you can find time and space for working on your non-fiction book.

This is an extract from The Art of Writing a Non-Fiction …

How to Self-Publish a Great Book With Chandler Bolt

March 13th, 2018


I caught up with Chandler Bolt, the author of six self-published books and the founder of Self Publishing School.

In this interview, he told me about:

How to Sell More Books on Amazon with David Chesson

March 13th, 2018


In this interview, David Chesson of Kindlepreneur and I talk about how to sell more books on Amazon Kindle.

Dave is 31 years old and a 9 year veteran …

Managing Your Creative Deadlines Like a Pro

March 13th, 2018


Whether you're writing fiction, non-fiction or blogging, deadlines are important. In this episode, I explain five ways you can manage your time and ship your work. I even offer a tip from Elon Musk's playbook.

How to Become Focused and Productive Without Burning Out

March 13th, 2018


Lots of writers and creative professionals worry about keeping focused and productive without burning out. Find out how to strike the right balance in this episode.

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