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Hello Reader— I interviewed one of my heroes a few years ago. David Allen. He’s the author of Getting Things Done (GTD). The book was a sensation in Silicon Valley in the early 2000s. I read the book a few weeks after a boss fired me from a job… for NOT getting things done. You see: I was a BIG procrastinator. How to Create the Perfect Writing Routine Discover the benefits of writing in the morning and how to create the perfect daily routine. Read article 24 Great Topics to Get Creativity...

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Hello Reader— I’ve kept journals of different for twenty-five years. I wrote journal entries in notebooks and password-protected files. I bought fancy Moleskine notebooks. And I tried popular writing and digital writing apps. Notebooks work fine. But, they filled my bookshelves. And finding old entries took ages. So, I stored them in the attic. Why Write a Gratitude Journal? Read our guide on writing in a gratitude journal. Read article Journal Writing for Students Check out our expert...

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Hello Reader— A writer emailed me the other day. She was having trouble working on her book. She said: “One of the reasons I have not gone farther with writing is because family sees me working at a computer, or like today with a cell phone and thinks I’m goofing off.” I face this EXACT problem all the time. You see… I work at home. Managing Remote Work Distractions Tips for managing remote work distractions. Read article Distraction-Free Writing Apps Top-tier distraction-free writing apps...

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Hello Reader— Or did it? They said a runner would never break a sub-two-hour marathon. That was until 2019. Kenyan man Eliud Kipchoge ran 42.195 KM in 1:59:40:2. (For running nerds, that’s 2.50 min/KM.) It was a seismic event for the sport of running. Habits Of Highly Successful Writers They’re easy to apply if you want to become more prolific. Read article Writing Prompts To Conquer Writer’s Block Ever looked at the blank page and found it difficult to start? Read article After the Vienna...

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Hello Reader— I worked as a freelance and in-house copywriter for over a decade. I wrote copy about business software and financial products. Not sexy… but it paid well. Copywriting involves writing words that sell products and services. It pays more than freelance writing. You can earn six figures a year, too. Common Copywriting Mistakes Don't make these common copywriting mistakes! Read article Copywriting Examples To Convert Like Apple Effective copywriting is a skill, learn from the best....

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Hello Reader— Forbes paid me to write a column for two years. I wrote blog post after blog post about productivity and leadership. Each post averaged 600–800 words. I spent two hours researching, writing, editing, and publishing each blog post. To keep my commission… They tasked me with writing at least seven posts a month. And for all my column ideas turned blog posts? I got paid $500 a month. That’s about $7 an hour. Or 10 cents a word. (Forbes sometimes paid a small bonus if a post went...

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Hello Reader— I stopped writing on social media for a few years. Become a Writer Today was getting thousands of page views weekly from SEO. I wanted to focus my time and money on building my site. I didn’t care much for vanity metrics. I couldn’t eat out on likes, shares, and Twitter bot comments. So I deleted X, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Then, Google rolled out a painful series of updates. My site survived. (Many other content sites didn’t). But traffic dropped by more than 50%. And so did...

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Hello Reader— “What social media network should I write on?” A writer asked me that question the other day. Writers can pick from platforms like LinkedIn, Medium, X, Substack, Quora, and Threads. I started writing online years ago... on Tumblr of all places. I wrote a technology blog about gadgets (long since dead). Over the years, I’ve tried other platforms with varying degrees of success. Medium is a nice place to write. Grow an account, and you can earn a few hundred dollars each month....

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Hello Reader— David Mamet is one of the world’s best screenwriters and playwrights. But before he found success in writing? Mamet worked in real estate. He turned his experiences on the job with cutthroat salespeople into the hit play Glengarry Glen Ross. His play depicts two days in the lives of four desperate real estate agents in Chicago. The play and subsequent film won multiple awards on Broadway and at the Oscars. Mamet’s one of my creative heroes. That’s because: He prescribes two...

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Hello Reader— My procrastination problems came to a head when I worked as a press officer, for an Irish company. I thought the job was going well. My boss thought otherwise. He fired me because I missed a few important deadlines. Getting fired when you've two small kids? I didn’t know how we would pay the bills or what this meant for my career. From a dream job to the social welfare office. Not fun. That sent me down a rabbit hole. I read dozens of productivity books. And I tested more...

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