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How To Standout on Social Media and Grow Your Business Using Content Marketing With Timothy Sykes
Oct 10 • 27 min
Timothy Sykes is a blogger, a millionaire day trader, teacher and now philanthropist through his charity Karmagawa. Sykes teaches students how to trade penny stocks. He has built a business around his controversial approach using blogging, content and…
What’s Your Book’s Big Idea? Building a Culture of Good With Scott Moorehead
Oct 3 • 26 min
Not every author writes a book to earn more money. Some authors have a message they want to share with the world. Scott Moorehead is one such writer. He is the co-author of Build A Culture of Good: Unleash Results by Letting Your Employees Bring Their…
How to Tell Stories on Instagram With Screenwriter Max Marlow
Sep 26 • 29 min
Max Marlow studied screenwriting in Goldsmiths in London, graduating in 2017. He wrote several 30-page scripts only to face rejection from film and television agents who wouldn’t accept unsolicited materials. Then, Marlow started sharing his writings on…
How to Write SEO Friendly Articles with Abidemi Sanusi
Sep 19 • 26 min
Abidemi Sanusi is a former human rights worker and now writer. Her book, Eyo, was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Based in London, she’s also an SEO consultant and coach. In this podcast episode she explains: Why every writer should…
Ultralearning with Scott Young: How to Learn Skills Faster
Sep 5 • 34 min
Canadian writer Scott Young learnt the entire MIT computer science curriculum in just one year, travelled around the world for 12-months without speaking english and has taught himself creative skills like drawing portraits. In his new book,…
Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life With Garrain Jones
Jul 29 • 26 min
In 2011, Garrain Jones was 40 pounds overweight and living out of his car in California. Today, he runs a seven-figure coaching business, has spoken in 32 countries and is about to release his new book *Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life*. Jones’s…
Sisu: The Finnish Art of Courage With Joanna Nylund
Jul 29 • 18 min
Have you ever faced an insurmountable barrier? If so, a Finnish idea may help you solve that problem. Sisu is a concept that means strength of will, determination, perseverance. It’s kind of like stoicism. Finnish author Joanna Nylund delves into this…
How to Build a 7 Figure Business in 12 Months With Ryan Daniel Moran
Jun 28 • 26 min
Ryan Moran is the founder of Capitalism, Freedom Fast Lane and the author of an upcoming book called 12 Months to One Million. He has also helped over 300 entrepreneurs launch and grow seven figure businesses on places like Amazon by encouraging them to…
How to Conquer Writer’s Block for Good
May 27 • 20 min
Have you ever looked at the blank page and found yourself out of ideas? Or perhaps you’re wondering, “Do I have writer’s block?” Don’t worry. Almost every writer has asked themselves how they’ll produce something from nothing. Even famous writers are…
How to Unlock Creative Thinking With Best-Selling Author Professor Michael A. Roberto
May 10 • 27 min
Professor Michael A. Roberto teaches leadership, business strategy and managerial decision-making at Bryant University in Rhode Island as well as for the Great Courses. He’s also the author of several best-selling books. In his latest work, Unlocking…
Finding Your Motivation and Writing Viral Nonfiction with Jeff Hayden
Apr 26 • 24 min
Would you like to write nonfiction articles that get thousands if not millions of views? If so, meet Jeff Hayden. He’s a nonfiction writer and author I’ve admired for some time. Jeff has written thousands of popular articles for over the years. He…
Make Your Business Run Like Clockwork and Put Your Profits First With Mike Michalowicz
Apr 16 • 28 min
Do sometimes find you don’t have enough time to write because you’re spending hours on other parts of your business? Or perhaps you’re earning a side-income from writing but you can’t seem to take a profit, after expenses? I struggled with both of these…
How To Write a Nonfiction Book With Joanna Penn
Apr 4 • 26 min
A few people online have helped me with my creative career either directly or indirectly. Joanna Penn is one of those people. I first started listening to the Creative Penn podcast by Joanna Penn in 2014 just before I started Become a Writer Today. Since…
The Creative Process Behind Writing a Memorable Business Book With Ajit Nawalkha
Mar 12 • 30 min
Are you considering quitting your job to work in your business full-time? You may not have to burn the boats or go beyond the point of no return, just yet. Ajit Nawalkha is the author Live Big: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Passion, Practicality and…
Daniel Pink on When You Should Write, Research, Work and Play
Mar 5 • 25 min
Daniel Pink is the New York Times best-selling author of books like When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. His new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing was one of my…
Jason Chicola Weighs in on How to Make More Money as a Freelancer
Feb 12 • 23 min
A founder of UpWork and Rev, both online businesses, Jason Chicola shares how writers can earn an income online. UpWork is a platform that connects freelance writers and others with clients. After years of working directly and indirectly with freelancers,…
Gaming, Storytelling and Creative Projects With John Romero
Jan 24 • 22 min
Latest episode of Become a Writer Today In a now famous essay, Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham argued for dividing a working day up into maker and manager time. Writers and creative professionals can use the former to attend to business and the latter…
Turning Your Writing Into a Million Dollar Business With Elaine Pofeldt
Jan 19 • 24 min
What does it take for an author to create a seven figure business? A team of writers. A marketing department? Offices around the world? The answers may surprise you. Elaine Pofeldt is an independent journalist who specialises in small business,…
Anthony Metivier on Memory Palaces, Mind-Mapping and Self-Publishing Non-fiction Books
Jan 10 • 26 min
Anthony Metivier is the author of more than a dozen best-selling non-fiction books that help people improve their memory and learn new languages. He’s also a popular blogger and a professor. I’ve known Anthony for a few years and his approach to…
My Annual Review - 2018
Jan 9 • 14 min
January is one of my favourite times of the year. It’s a time for renewal and for reflecting on what worked and didn’t work during the previous year. So in this 2018 annual review, I will share with you what worked for me during 2018, what didn’t work and…
Alex Newton of K-Lytics On Selling More Non-Fiction Books
Jan 3 • 22 min
Alexander Niehues (aka Alex Newton) worked as a senior management consultant in the corporate world for 20 years before quitting his career to work at home in Stuttgart and founding K-lytics. In this podcast episode, Newton explains: How to use analytics…
Find a Creative Master from The Power of Creativity
Dec 20, 2018 • 19 min
Finding a mentor can help you become more creative and find success with your writing or art. This is a chapter from The Power of Creativity, available now on Audible.
Creating Atomic Habits With James Clear
Dec 14, 2018 • 22 min
James Clear is the New York Times best-selling author of Atomic Habits. He also coaches readers (and even writers) how to succeed in their personal and professional lives by reaping the rewards of smart daily decisions. In this podcast episode, he…
Howard H. White on Setting Audacious Goals and Writing a Best-Selling Business Book
Nov 27, 2018 • 32 min
Michael Jordan credits Howard H. White with supporting him throughout his 15-year career and helping him beyond the game of basketball. He’s Nike’s liaison for athletes such as Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley White is also the author of the popular…
Marianne McGuire On Meditation, Creativity and Art
Nov 20, 2018 • 17 min
Meditation is a proven practice that can help writers and creative professionals find better ideas for their work too. After I wake up early, I typically meditate each morning for 10 or twenty minutes before sitting down to write. This practice can help…
Self-Publishing Your Non-Fiction Book
Nov 15, 2018 • 14 min
Do you want to self-publish your non-fiction book? What services do you need to pay for when publishing your first book? I think you’ll agree with me that there’s a lot to self-publishing a book for the first time. These are just three of the questions I…
Self-editing Your Book Until It’s Good Enough to Publish
Nov 8, 2018 • 14 min
Have you ever written a paragraph in your book, rewrote it, written another paragraph, and then went back and rewrote that too? And on and on and on… An hour goes by. You realise you haven’t written anything at all. All you’ve done is rewrite the same…
Adam Jelic of MiGoals On Creating and Selling a Daily Planner
Nov 1, 2018 • 19 min
Over the years, I’ve tested dozens of digital productivity tools for setting goals and managing to-do lists. Although digital tools are useful, paper-based daily planners are becoming more popular. MiGoals is an example of an Australian company that sells…
How to Handle Critical Feedback From Your Book Editor
Oct 5, 2018 • 8 min
When was the last time you had to deal with criticism? If you’ve worked with an editor, you’ll know how difficult it can be to deal with criticism. Working hard on an article only to get it back covered in red ink or with a request for a major rewrite…
How to Set Goals for Your Writing
Sep 28, 2018 • 8 min
No matter what type of writer you are, setting a writing goal will help you succeed with your articles, stories and even books. In this episode, I will explain the different types of writing goals you can set and how you can track your goals. Recently I…
Creating Remarkable Content with Nate Weiner, CEO of Pocket
Sep 21, 2018 • 15 min
Like many people, I spend way too much time thumbing through news feeds and clicking on intriguing Twitter headlines. Over the years, I’ve investigated various ways of reducing how long I spend staring at my feeds so I can focus more on work or unwinding…
7 Odd Productivity Tricks for Writers
Sep 14, 2018 • 8 min
Would you like to get out of the starting blocks faster when your alarm clock sounds? If so, you need a morning ritual or routine you adhere to without question. Beethoven, for example, went for an early morning walk each day with a pocket notebook to…
How to Conquer the Loneliness That Comes With Being a Writer
Sep 6, 2018 • 9 min
Writing is a lonely job. It demands spending extended periods by yourself working on articles, stories or books, often without feedback from others. Look at the work spaces of many famous writers, and you’ll find them typing away in basements, coffee…
Want to Become More Creative? Take a Nap Every Day
Aug 2, 2018 • 7 min
Lots of top writers and creative professionals nap every day. It will help you find more ideas and focus on your writing. In this episode, I explain how to nap effectively and get away with it, based on an interview with Christoper Lindholst CEO of…
What You Can Learn About Success from Malcolm Gladwell
Jul 26, 2018 • 8 min
Malcolm Gladwell is one of the world’s top business writers, but did you know he struggled to find success for years? In this episode, I explain how Gladwell made peace with marketing and writing and what you can learn from his approach.
The Best Grammar Checker in 2018: Whitesmoke vs Ginger vs Grammarly
Jul 19, 2018 • 13 min
What’s the best grammar checker you can use in 2018? Or are you looking for the best online proofreading software? As a writer who loves tools, I’ve tested some of the most popular proofreading tools and best grammar checkers for writers, bloggers and…
4 Timeless Productivity Lessons from Albert Einstein
Jul 12, 2018 • 6 min
Albert Einstein knew how to work hard, and he also knew when to take time off. He once said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Einstein’s curiosity drove him as a child, adult and older man to pursue scientific ideas and…
3 Timeless Productivity Lessons from Benjamin Franklin
Jul 5, 2018 • 7 min
Author. Printer. Politician. Scientist. Postmaster. Founding father. As one of the leading thinkers and public figures of the eighteenth century, Benjamin Franklin knew a thing or two about getting things done—and playing the whistle (more on that later).…
The Power of Creativity
Jun 14, 2018 • 12 min
Where are you going next?” I was sick of this question. I was nearly two months into a summer backpacking trip around Brazil, and I’d begun to loathe the backpackers around me. They kept asking me questions – not because they cared about my answer, but so…
What I Learnt By Writing Over One Million Words in a Journal
Jun 7, 2018 • 13 min
This is a follow on episode where I elaborate on my journal writing practice. It’s also based on this detailed article I wrote for Better Humans on Medium: Resources…
Riffing on Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Writers
Jun 1, 2018 • 15 min
Kurt Vonnegut got over his fears about becoming an author. He learnt how to write great books… and how to sell them. He also crafted eight rules for struggling and fearful writers… but they apply to all types of writing, even if you’re crafting the copy…
David Mamet’s Rules for Success
May 22, 2018 • 10 min
Famous American playwright and screenwriter David Mamet offers two rules for success as an artist. Although he speaks primarily from his experiences as a dramatic writer, Mamet’s advice is useful for all kinds of creatives including painters, musicians,…
How to Turn Your Blog Into a Book
May 15, 2018 • 13 min
Do you want to turn your blog into a book? If you’re a non-fiction writer, this is a fantastic approach to writing a book. Last year, I set out to write a book about non-fiction writing. I decided that I wanted to turn some of the blog posts from Become a…
Writing the First Draft: The No-Nonsense Guide for Authors
May 8, 2018 • 11 min
I once wrote the first draft of a book chapter that smelt so bad, I had to open up the office window while reading it. It’s a good thing my first drafts are for me alone, and yours should be too. When you sit down to write a first draft, you may lack…
Getting Your Technique Down
May 1, 2018 • 7 min
New York man Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) wanted to do one thing with his life: to live for art. During his teens and early twenties, he experimented with drawing, painting and sculpture. Then, in 1970 a friend gave Robert a loan of a 360 Land camera,…
Writing and Working From Home
Apr 24, 2018 • 9 min
I’ve worked at home on and off for several years as a journalist, copywriter and marketer. I’ve procrastinated and accomplished nothing while working outside of the office. I’ve also enjoyed some of my most productive days while working at home. I’m not…
What New Writers Need to Know About Fear
Apr 19, 2018 • 11 min
I want to talk about four of the most common fears that new writers and people who set out to write a book for the first time often have. To talk about these fears I want to tell you a little bit about my writing journey. You see, when I was in my early…
How to Write Every Day
Apr 17, 2018 • 9 min
I knew I wanted to publish my first book, and that learning to write every day was the key to doing it. But, it wasn’t enough to know the concept. I had to figure out how to keep my deadlines and finish writing what I started. How could I write every day…
Yes, You Can Write! Use These Writing Prompts
Apr 12, 2018 • 14 min
Now, my list of writing prompts works for me… because I wrote them. No, that’s not the sound of my over-sized ego banging off the ceiling. I’d like you to create your own list of writing prompts and add to it over time. Whether you’re writing a journal…
What Steve Martin Said After Becoming Wildly Successful
Apr 4, 2018 • 7 min
Steve Martin spent much of the 1970s becoming America’s top stand-up comedian. He toured the country with his surreal show, and he sold out arenas to thousands of screaming fans. Martin wanted more. His real goal was to break into the movie business.…
7 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Writing Your First Book
Mar 27, 2018 • 12 min
It’s exciting, isn’t it? Writing your first book and then sending the final version to your editor and later it being available (and SELLING!) on stores like Amazon. The months (or even years) of hard work are over, and now you can watch with pride as…
How to Become a Better Writer: 7 Ways You Can Improve Your Craft
Mar 22, 2018 • 11 min
Several readers and listeners recently emailed me asking: “How can I become a better writer?” The right answer to how to become a better writer (or even a good writer), depends on what level you’re at, what you write, and what becoming a better writer…
Why Journal Writing Is Such a Valuable Practice
Mar 16, 2018 • 10 min
“The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.” — Virginia Woolf Do you keep a journal? I’ve spent years writing in journals of various forms and it’s my favourite writing practice. In this short post, I explain why you…
Knowing When It’s Time to Write (And Finding Space to Do It)
Mar 14, 2018 • 13 min
In episode, I explain how you can find time and space for working on your non-fiction book. This is an extract from The Art of Writing a Non-Fiction Book. The full audiobook is available now on Amazon and Audible.
How to Self-Publish a Great Book With Chandler Bolt
Mar 13, 2018 • 24 min
I caught up with Chandler Bolt, the author of six self-published books and the founder of Self Publishing School. In this interview, he told me about: * How to self-publish a book * The one thing you must do before you write or self-publish your book *…
How to Sell More Books on Amazon with David Chesson
Mar 13, 2018 • 24 min
In this interview, David Chesson of Kindlepreneur and I talk about how to sell more books on Amazon Kindle. Dave is 31 years old and a 9 year veteran of the US Navy. He was also a military kid who has lived in all corners of the globe. But that’s not what…
Managing Your Creative Deadlines Like a Pro
Mar 13, 2018 • 10 min
Whether you’re writing fiction, non-fiction or blogging, deadlines are important. In this episode, I explain five ways you can manage your time and ship your work. I even offer a tip from Elon Musk’s playbook.
How to Become Focused and Productive Without Burning Out
Mar 13, 2018 • 11 min
Lots of writers and creative professionals worry about keeping focused and productive without burning out. Find out how to strike the right balance in this episode.