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5 Productivity Hacks For Busy Entrepreneurs

MacGyver would have killed it as an entrepreneur.<p>Why?<p>In business – particularly in startups – resourcefulness rules. Everyone I know who has successfully bootstrapped and started a company is really good at getting a lot done with just a little. A friend of mine who started a church told me that …

How to Promote Your Book (Without Being Annoying)

<i>The Blunt Instrument</i> <i>is a monthly advice column for writers. If you need tough advice for a writing problem, send your question to</i></i> …

How to Write 50,000 Words in a Month

Have you ever tried to write a novel? Yes? Then you know what soul-crushing despair looks like: you, sitting by yourself, in front of a blinking cursor.<p>Now imagine trying to write a novel as a teenager. Could you motivate yourself to finish an entire book at that age? To most, the prospect seems …

How to Craft a Page-Turning Plot

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard core plotter. I have outlines and spreadsheets. I cover tabletops with color-coded Post It notes with …

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

Top 5 Productivity Tips From 2015

In the ever-elusive search for ways to get more work done faster, these ideas proved to be some of the most popular on our website.<p>As an entrepreneur, it doesn't matter how successful and profitable your company is--there are still days when you can feel like a failure for not getting enough work …

4 Steps to Read Like a Writer

by Ruthanne ReidMost of us write because we’ve read something wonderful.Those words opened new worlds, birthed new perspectives, and gave rise to …

Writing

How a Writer Can Build an Online Social Media Presence

<i>Guest column by Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS,</i> <i><br>an NPR Best Book of 2010 that also got a starred review</i> <i><br>from Publishers Weekly. It is</i> …

7 Amazing WordPress Plugins for Authors

A Look into the Best WordPress Writing PluginsWordPress plugins have made it possible for bloggers to accomplish just about anything with ease. From …

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Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact

Are ads killing the internet? Former 99U speaker and Timehop COO, Rick Webb weighs in on the house of cards of online advertising, the myth of …

How To Reduce Your Email Inbox After The Holidays

Are you overloaded by work emails? Then you are not alone. Research conducted by HR magazine and IBM entitled ‘The Reclaim Your Time’ survey found that 34% of HR professionals checked their email every day on waking up and 38 percent checked emails every night at home. Half of the respondents …

6 Essential Techie Tools To Boost Productivity And Get More Done In 2016

Burnout and overwhelm — two of business’s dirty little words. Technology can alleviate some of the pressure you feel from day to day tasks like managing tasks, projects and even your inbox. Paula Rizzo, author of <i>Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less …

4 Powerful Ways to Double Your Productivity (Without Coffee)

I imagine that, like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.<p>How on earth do you …

Productivity

Boost Your Team's Productivity With These Tools

Being a leader of a company or organization is certainly a difficult and often frustrating position – but it can also be tremendously …

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and …

11 apps 'The 4-Hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss uses every day

Tim Ferriss

How to Organize Your Entire Life with Trello

Trello is an awesome project management tool that makes collaboration easy and, dare I say, even fun. But this visual list tool can do so much more, …

36 Writing Tips to Put Your Butt in the Chair

I have days when I find it entirely too difficult to get in to my writing groove. On those days I’m uninspired, unmotivated and well, bleh! Maybe you …

7 Essential Ingredients to Writing a Successful Holiday Movie

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned

The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned<br>As practically all authors will tell you, writing isn’t easy, and yet I firmly believe that over time it can …

5 Habit Changes To Help You Get Fewer Emails

How often do you end an email with a question?<p>I easily used to get around 200 emails a day. That’s enough content to fill the average novel—and I’m not just expected to read it, I’m also expected to digest it and respond accordingly.<p>Fortunately for my productivity, I’ve come up with five …

The ultimate guide to leveling up your coding skills

No matter what your job is these days, it’s always helpful to have coding knowledge in your toolbox. But if you’re not interested in going back to school and you have very little time to dedicate towards picking up a new skill, choosing what, when and how to develop your programming chops is a task …

Computer Science

Strikethru Makes Paper Productive by Combining GTD and Bullet Journal

If you prefer a pen and a notebook to digital to-do lists, then there’s a new productivity system on the block. Strikethru combines elements of the …

Ideation Vacation: How to Come Up with New Article Ideas

This guest post is written by Zachary Petit. Zachary is the author of <i>The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work, and Thrive on Your</i> …

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7 Apps Every Writer Should Own

Like most writers I know, I have a fondness for paper and ink. Despite this, most of my work is done on a computer or tablet. Specifically on Apple …

7 Punctuation Pitfalls for Writers to Avoid

<i>by Vonda Skelton @VondaSkelton</i><i></i><br>First of all, here's my disclaimer: I am NOT an expert in English. I don't have a degree in English and wouldn't dream …