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Today, Don’t let Anything Stop You From Writing I hope you wrote today. If you didn’t, I hope it is because you didn’t want to. If you didn’t want to write, I hope it is because you were focused on your values today and there was truly something more important to do with your time. …

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The Writers Conscience And Something About A Goose Truth   Once, I was in a hotel suite arguing with some pastors. They thought their job was to tell others what to think. They believed the people in their congregations should obey them on all things great and small.  I asked them, “If 999 times out …

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Slow And Simple Writing   Two weeks ago I wrote that I would try writing three or four times my usual output. The result was a failure. I did not enjoy writing more; I only managed about twice the output, and the quality of the extra was lousy and unusable.   That said…   I …

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The Writing Life   Getting Paid to Write   I was once a minor-league opera singer, and I still like to perform occasionally. Last summer I had some lessons with a famous singer. When it came time to pay him, and I asked him how much, he gave a price that was lower than I’d …

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Some Truth Can Kill You- Alexei Navalny was killed last week for speaking the truth.   When I write about telling the truth in the world, I sometimes say, “It could get you killed.” It’s not likely to happen because many of us are blessed to live somewhere where there is still free speech. Being canceled …

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The Secret To Getting Paid To A Pro Writer Being a Pro Writer is only half about writing. There are good writers, and there are good writers with great soft skills.    Soft skills – personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people (Oxford). The difference between the two is …

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Reader First, Last, And Always.   One of my favorite writers about writing, AJ Harper, teaches “reader first, last, and always.”    This is what I mean by being a “reader-centric” writer. It means you value your readers and you write to create value for them.    When I work with clients as a ghostwriter …

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Charisma Is For Writers You know people with charisma.   You may or may not know what it is about them that makes them “charismatic” (I’m not talking about charismatic spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit).    According to one definition, Jesus had charisma, because He oozed the three ingredients of charisma as described by …

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3 Things You Don’t Have To Do To Be A Writer   I had no idea I was a writer until I had a chance to write something for a little money. It was an article on Christian marriage for $20, and I was thrilled about it.   I wrote, and from then on was …

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