Month: January 2017

You Can Make Magic By Saying “Yes!” to New Things

What Risktakers Like Mark Cuban and Rosa Parks Can Teach Us In 2006, I started a blog related to my profession.  On the one hand, I thought I was late to the blogging game, but on the other hand, my profession was notoriously stodgy and risk averse.  So no one except a few of my friends read my blog.  But I kept writing.  Every Sunday night, I sat down and made the words happen.  I did very dull case studies but I was excited by them and they were pretty specific to my little slice of the world. A...

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What Are Your Tools for Successful Writing?

My boss and mentor often says, “Pay for good tools.  Just cry once.” He was a mechanic for years, putting himself through grad school by fixing Volkswagon bugs. So his philosophy started early and then carried through for many decades throughout his professional life.   He never hesitated to invest in buying computer hardware equipment, a robust phone system, sophisticated software and then the training to learn to use all those things properly. In starting this career as a writer, I believe the model he showed me was really sound and I have been steadily doing my best to...

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Using Websites To Grow Your Business with Linda Jones

Today, some technical tips for you and your writing business courtesy of Linda Jones, Founder + CEO of Taykoff. ————————————- As a writer, we know websites are vital to our business.  They are an avenue for building a following and showcasing our work.  But, how can we create one?  As a writer, web design isn’t our strong suit.  Now, once it exists we can handle adding copywriting, but building it?  How the heck do we do that? In truth, understanding how to make a website from scratch is not complicated.  There are dozens of options available to you.  It all depends...

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Who’s On Your Team?

When I was writing my 50k words for NaNoWriMo, I wrote entirely alone for the month of November.  I would not recommend that to most people. Even if you are by nature more introverted, there is power in knowing that you are not pulling the sled alone. A close friend once told me about one of his vacations where he met a sled team who raced the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Apparently when you ride when those racing dogs, be prepared to get out of the sled and run up the hill because you will get the evil...

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Eat The Bigger Frog First.

Today’s topic is procrastination. Recently I came across a quote attributed to Mark Twain and I felt that it was particularly appropriate for creatives doing new year planning. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.  And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” There are a lot of things a writer can be doing, other than actually writing.  So if your goal is to write every day, or write a certain number of words per day, that might be...

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Julia Vee, Writes At Night