How to Write a Book or Blog (The 6 Danger Stages You Need To Overcome)

You've probably had the experience of starting a novel or blog with great intentions... ...only to find that, a few months later, you've barely made any progress. Maybe you started strong but lost momentum. Maybe you jumped ahead when you should've paused. Or maybe you got discouraged and gave up. And you wonder: how to write a book (or blog). I've coached many writers in workshop gr...

How Long Should It Take To Write An Epic Post?

Do you spend enough time writing? I'm not talking about tapping away on the keyboard. I'm talking about the number of hours you spend on any given post. Here's the problem: too many writers still believe they can whip out a post in an hour or two. And you can do that, sure. But if you want to write really great posts that make other writers sigh with envy… you'll want to read on. Yo...

What Are YOU Writing?

What are you working on right now? A novel? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script? Maybe you've just finished something you're really proud of? Or you just can't tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash? Here's your chance to share and discuss with each other what you are writing about. Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestsel...

The Secret of Crafting Engaging Messages: Words of Influence

Want to capture an audience's attention? It's more a matter of what you don't do than you think. As children, when we learn to speak our language, we're also learning to argue. Nearly everything our parents say to us is a correction, an explanation, or an argument for why we shouldn't put that in our mouths, or why we should go to bed now and not in half an hour. It's no surprise that we ...

Are You Making These Mistakes? 5 Guest Post Pitches to Avoid

Do you want to get world-wide attention? Guest posting is one of the easiest ways to reach a large audience. If readers like your post, they might subscribe to your blog, share your post so that it reaches an even wider audience, and even buy your product or service. No matter how you look at it, it's a win-win situation. At least, it should be.   Here are four steps to a succe...

How to Be a Writer: Do You Use these 3 Vital Keys to Success?

Do you wonder how to be a writer? To be a writer is more than learning how to string words together effectively. It's about using the three vital keys to success. The good news is that these keys are free. Actually, they are already within you - all you need to do is to activate them. I'll introduce you to the three keys of success in a moment, but first, let me ask you a questi...

Become a Successful Blogger – In Weeks!

[caption id="attachment_10192" align="alignright" width="246"] Would You Like to Be a Successful Blogger?[/caption] Starting a blog sucks. At least, it did the way I went about it. I had no idea what I was doing – none.  Zero.  Zilch. Nada. So I ended up developing a website on a platform where I had to create everything. With my degree in the social sciences and non-existent techn...

Do YOU Have the One Critical Factor of Success for Writers? [Casestudy]

[caption id="attachment_10166" align="alignright" width="300"] Mary Jaksch[/caption] Success as a writer? If that's what you want, read on. I don't usually talk much about my success because I don't like to boast. However, a short while ago I was in Montreal attending a Mastermind weekend, organized by Danny Iny of Firepole Marketing. When I told the group about my story as a writer - ...

The Surefire Way To Attract New Readers With Every Blog Post You Write

[caption id="attachment_10028" align="alignright" width="300"] Would You Like to Attract New Readers with Every Blog Post You Write?[/caption] How many blog posts have you written? And how many email subscribers do you have? Sure, when you're starting out, you're just learning the ropes. There's a lot to think about, and getting great results early on is unusual. But if you've been wri...

3 Secrets To Writing Blog Posts That Go Viral

[caption id="attachment_9956" align="alignright" width="300"] Would You Like to Write Blog Posts That Go Viral?[/caption] Do you want to attract thousands of readers and keep them coming back for more? Do you want to write posts that you know will go viral, even before you publish them? Of course you do - and you can!   Let's define what a viral blog post means   It's t...