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A Framework That Will Help You Tell Amazing Stories

There is a class of entertainment that is underrated, in spite of its external success: stories about telling stories. Hit shows like <i>How I Met Your</i> …

Writing

4 Ways to Avoid Creating Content That No One Will Ever Read | Inc.com

Plenty of marketers would love to see their content go viral and reach new audiences. Unfortunately, it doesn't usually just work out that way.<p>Unless you're using the right content marketing tools and going after a small, highly targeted audience, you can't realistically expect everyone in your …

Marketing

Why 99 Percent of People Choose the Wrong Career Path (and 4 Steps to Get You Back on Track) | Inc.com

If you clicked on this article, then you have some degree of doubt about whether you're in the right profession. Would you like to get rid of that doubt? Then let me tell you a story...<p><b>The year was 2001.</b><p>After a career in corporate recruiting and HR, I couldn't watch people suffer at work anymore. …

Employment

How to Go From a Good Idea to a Great Execution | Inc.com

1. Define your telos.<p>Telos, from Greek, is an ultimate aim or core function. A knife's telos is cutting, a writer's telos is writing or telling stories. Marshall's telos is giving.<p>What is yours? Knowing your telos helps you be precise about your purpose.<p>2. Prototype your idea.<p>Goldsmith didn't go …

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7 Skills You Need to Practice to Become a Successful Writer in the Digital Age | Inc.com

When people see what I've built for myself as a writer, they think it's the result of my degree in creative writing.<p>It's not.<p>I tell everyone that my college education was great for two reasons: it taught me how (and what) to read, and it taught me how to read my work aloud--a skill that reveals …

Creative Writing

For your writing to spark fire in the minds of readers, ask these questions

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” <i>~William S. Burroughs</i><p><b>There is no greater satisfaction in writing</b> …

Become a Master Connector with This Simple, Time-Tested Formula | Inc.com

Do you wish you had better connections? Influencers who can make a difference in your life and business? These connections are accessible to you--if you're willing to invest a bit of time and effort. The best way to connect with powerful people is to become a master connector yourself. Becoming, …

Self-improvement

Are You Reading What You’re Writing? Here’s Why You Need To Say “Yes”

Any author worth their salt will tell you that to be a great writer you must also be a varied and voracious reader. In fact, here’s one doing exactly …

12 Ways Successful People Get More Done Than the Rest of Us | Inc.com

Most of us know at least one madly productive person--someone who's able to accomplish more in a couple of hours than the rest of us get done all day. And chances are that person is also quite successful.<p>It's no accident that great work habits and success go hand in hand. Improving your work habits …

Self-improvement

How to Write a Book Review: The Complete Guide

You finally reach the last page of a book that kept you up all night and close it with the afterglow of satisfaction and a tinge of regret that it’s …

Writing

How to Write: A Seven-Step How-To Guide for Writers Who Don't Feel Like Writing

I haven’t written much lately, at least not personally. Most of my day is spent writing in an office which may explain, at least in part, why I’ve …

Creative Writing

Amazon Author Insights — How to survive submitting your writing to editors...

Sharing new work is always agonizing. There’s just no way around it. But here are some ideas so you survive the process:<p><b>1. Articulate your goal</b><p>Are …

Creative Writing

5 Essentials of a First Chapter

by Susan May Warren, @SusanMayWarren<br>There are a lot of checklists for building a first chapter, and sometimes they can get overwhelming. Over at My …

National Parks

5 podcasts every book lover should hear

Checking the Biblioarchives I see it's been over three years since I recommended book-related podcasts.<p>With the way they're proliferating, I should do it annually or maybe even monthly.<p>In addition to recommending a couple of my enduring favorites — Michael Silverblatt's "Bookworm" and "OtherpplWith …

Books

7 Cold Calling Secrets to Quickly Generate More Business | Inc.com

If there were any one sales generating activity that applies to a large cross section of businesses, yet is commonly overlooked, cold calling would be my pick.<p>Cold calling is the outbound dialing to a person or business who isn't expecting your call.<p>I'll be the first to admit that it isn't …

Business Development

8 Character Development Exercises to Help You Nail Your Character

Even the most fast-paced, action-driven novels need compelling characters to keep readers engaged. Of course, readers will never “get to know” a …

Creative Writing

To be a creativity machine, arrange your time and tasks according to these seven categories

Art is hard. Creative insights are hard to predict, and just when it gets difficult, your mind immediately jumps to a distraction: something easier to do, an excuse, a scapegoat.<p>To get the most out of your creative energy, carve out space for creative work. To make that space, you need to make …

This 10-Minute Routine Will Boost Clarity and Creativity | Inc.com

"Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep." -- Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests. It controls your heartbeat, blood circulation, digestion, and all the vital processes and functions of your body. It knows the answers to your problems.<p>What happens …

Creativity

50 Inspiring Quotes About Writing from the World's Greatest Authors | Inc.com

It's never been a better time to be a writer --or aspire to become one.<p>Platforms like LinkedIn, Medium, and WordPress have placed millions of dollars of technology, and the power that once only belonged to major publishing and media firms, into the hands of millions of writers -- entirely for …

Literature

Famous characters teach us about characterization

From Anna Karenina to Jon Snow, Don Quixote to Harry Potter, famous characters from fiction worm their way under our skin. Here are lessons from …

Creative Writing

Writing a Novel Readers Can't Put Down

I’ll confess. I’ve stayed up past my bedtime reading on more than one occasion. What’s more, I’ll probably do it again. Reading a book in one sitting …

Writing

What Agents Want: Making Sense of Submissions

Your manuscript is complete and polished, and now you are ready to embark on the task of sending query letters. (Or alternatively, you can go to a …

Are You Ready to Contact an Agent? Take This Short Quiz and Find Out

<i>This article first appeared on Writer Unboxed</i><p>By Erica Verrillo<p>You’ve finally completed your book. You’ve had it critiqued – brutally – and done more …

8 Writing Tips I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging

I wrote my first blog post two summers ago. And I wish I could erase it from the internet. Reading it is like looking at my middle school Facebook …

Creative Writing

25 Time Management Hacks That Actually Work | Inc.com

Have you ever wondered why some people are uber-productive? You know the people who always respond to emails and finish projects on time. It's not because they work 80 hours a week.<p>They're so productive because they're masters of time management.<p>While time management is a skill that everyone should …

Time Management

How to Start Your Own Business Using Any 1 of These 12 Marketing Skills | Inc.com

Maybe you want to start a business. But maybe you don't want to quit your full-time job -- at least not yet. You're trying to find a side hustle, but you're not sure where to start.<p>If you have marketing skills, the following is exactly where you can start.<p>This a guest post from Jake Kurtz, a media …

Marketing

Starting a Freelance Business: 4 Legal Obligations You Can’t Ignore

The first time someone told me freelance writing was a business, I laughed.I was 22, and had stepped into freelance writing quite by chance. After an …

Small Business

Boom! Bang! How to write a sweeping fight or action scene

Do you know how to write a great fight scene?<p>The kind of fight scene that makes your readers bite their fingernails down to their bases? That makes …

20 Inspiring Writing Podcasts to Subscribe to Right Now

In the last few years podcasts have exploded in worldwide popularity. From celebrities like Anna Faris to your 15-year-old nephew, everyone seems to …

Writing