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How I Wrote Posts That Touched the Hearts of More Than 5 Million People

How I Wrote Posts That Touched the Hearts of More Than 5 Million People

You know that feeling you get right before you publish a post?

The angel on one shoulder says you’ve written a post of enormous importance and depth, one that will change the lives of your readers forever. Meanwhile, the devil on the other shoulder calls you a halfwit with the writing talent of a chimpanzee doped on acid.

Well, it was a few days before Christmas in 2009, and the devil was winning.

“Please don’t publish it,” I sobbed into the telephone. “The post is crap. It’ll ruin me.”

Sonia Simone, one of the most respected editors in the world, listened politely on the other end of the phone. The night before, I’d sent her a post I’d been working on for months, confident of my writing genius, but mere hours later I was on the phone having an epic freak-out.

The good news is, after working together for years, Sonia was well accustomed to my neuroses, and she knew exactly how to handle me. “Darling, you are the most talented writer I know, and this is your most brilliant work to date.”

My sobs stopped. “Really? You think so?”

“Yes. Now let me get back to work, so we can make you famous.” Click.

For the next hour, there was nothing to do but sit at the computer pressing the “refresh” button over and over again. I trembled. I prayed.

And then the post went live (click here to read it).
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16 Posts That’ll Make You Excited to Be a Writer in 2016

16 Posts That’ll Make You Excited to Be a Writer in 2016

Let me guess…

At least one of your New Year’s resolutions relates to your writing.

Am I right?

Maybe you’ve decided to commit to a daily writing practice.

Or set your sights on a specific writing goal, to be achieved no matter what.

Or committed to launching a blog to showcase your writing to a waiting world.

Even if making resolutions isn’t your style, making some kind of plan for your writing in 2016 is a smart idea.

But there’s a problem. And it comes down to human nature.

Most resolutions slide before January ends. And most plans crumble at the first sign of trouble.

That’s because even our best intentions soon stall without the right fuel…

Inspiration.
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21 Posts That’ll Help You Decide What Type of Writer to Be

21 Posts That’ll Help You Decide What Type of Writer to Be

You passionately want to be a “real” writer.

A writer whose work is an authentic expression of your true self.

The problem is, you feel disconnected from everything you write. It’s like you’re the ghostwriter on a project nobody commissioned.

And sometimes you wonder if you should just give up.

After all, if you were destined to be a writer, it wouldn’t be this hard, would it?

But in truth, it just means you haven’t found your groove.

More specifically, you haven’t decided what kind of writer you want to be.

The firebrand? The storyteller? The visionary? The guru?

Successful templates abound, but you’re unsure which (if any) is authentically you.

And you’re making a mistake if you believe that question can be answered by careful thought alone.

In fact, if you’re serious about finding your stride as a writer, the answer is a little unexpected.

You must immerse yourself in the writing of others.
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The Wild and Crazy Guide to Writing Sentences

The Wild and Crazy Guide to Writing Sentences

You’ve heard them.

The “gurus.”

The Internet marketers. The social media experts. The serial product launchers.

(Even some popular bloggers are guilty of it.)

“Blogging is easy,” they say glibly. “And it’ll bring you all the attention, money and recognition you desire.”

“All you have to do is write epic content.”

Meanwhile, you’re sitting there at your keyboard pounding your fists in frustration, because you have all these fantastic ideas that you want to share, but you’re afraid that you can’t do them justice.

Epic? You’re afraid your writing isn’t even enjoyable.

You worry that you’re not a good enough writer. That your ideas are simply going to vanish into the electronic ether because you can’t attract enough readers with your words.

Sometimes you even wonder if you should just give up on your blogging dreams altogether.

But you shouldn’t. And here’s why.

You can become a great blogger and writer by mastering just one fundamental skill.

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25 Valuable Lessons from Seriously Successful Writers

25 Valuable Lessons from Seriously Successful Writers

Stop it.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself.

You might think your problems are special, unique, or impossible for anyone else to understand. But you know what?

As writers, we’re all struggling with the same basic problems.

You’re not the only one who doesn’t know what kind of writer to become.

You’re not the only one who spends hours tinkering with sentences – and still hates them.

And you’re not the only one who’ll do anything – clean the bathroom, service the car, even run a marathon – to avoid sitting your butt in that chair and doing the work.

Almost every writer faces problems like procrastination, perfectionism, and self-doubt at one time or another. Even the successful ones.

But the feeling of being totally alone on your writer’s journey is insidious.

It gnaws at your confidence and weakens your resolve.

It causes talented writers to give up when all they need to do is keep going.

And that needs to stop right now …

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