When I was in high school and thought about my dreams of becoming a fiction author, a part of me would always butt in and say: "Wait! This isn't deep enough. How can I change the world writing romantic suspense, psychological thrillers?" I really wrestled with this. Elizabeth Gilbert talked about this in her book "Big Magic," where she said (and I'm paraphrasing) anyone … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! The Real Reason Why Art is Important
Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin with a scientist father (he was a cancer researcher who discovered CLA - congicated linoleaic acid), my feet were planted very firmly in the logical, rational, mental side of things. But, a part of me yearned for the mystic. The magic. The fantasy. Now, as a fiction author, my inclination was to save the creativity for my novels and go … [Read more...] about Is There a Place for “Woo-Woo” in Business?
First, a celebration: I officially launched my brand-new fiction writing site at MicheleParizaWacek.com, and in doing so, I also officially embraced my identity as a fiction author. I get it if that sounds strange. For those of you following me, you've likely heard me talk about teaching myself to write when I was three years old because I wanted to write stories so badly. … [Read more...] about What a Fiction Author Can Teach You About Building a Successful Business
When creating a content marketing plan, a lot of entrepreneurs I know do it backwards. They sit down and start brainstorming a bunch of topics. Which can work. But, it can also be a big time waster (especially if the entrepreneurs get stuck and have no idea what they want to create). There's also a high likelihood they don't end up creating content their ideal client wants … [Read more...] about 3 Crucial Steps to Take BEFORE Creating a Content Marketing Plan
In 2016, I took a hard look at my blog, my business, and my industry, and I knew I had to make some new choices when it came to marketing and promoting my business. (I share my story in depth here.) Along with deciding a blog was still the way to go, I also decided my blog (which I now lovingly refer to as my "starter" blog) had so many issues, it seemed the best thing to do … [Read more...] about What I Learned from My Blog: 5 Mistakes I Made
I'm back with my crystal ball (aka angel snow globe) with a few predictions on copywriting trends to watch for in the wacky world of copywriting over the coming year. But, before I dig into those copywriting trends, let's define what copywriting is. Copywriting is writing promotional materials for businesses, nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or putting … [Read more...] about The Future of Copywriting: 5 Copywriting Trends to Watch For
Note: This is the second post in a two-post series, where I'm sharing my favorite email writing tips that convert prospects into buyers or leads into customers. For Part 1, go here. By now, you know it's important to use email to connect with your potential buyers on a personal, authentic level. When you do that effectively, your emails convert: readers take the actions you … [Read more...] about Email Writing Tips for Effective Emails, Part 2
Ahhh -- writer's block. The scourge of writers and entrepreneurs everywhere. There's so much you need to get done -- and yet, nothing is being accomplished. It's a horrible feeling. So, before I get into some ways of overcoming writer's block, I want to start with how I personally view writer's block. You see, I don't actually think it's something that is necessarily … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! How Can I Overcome Writer’s Block?
Note: This is the first post in a two-post series, where I'm sharing my favorite strategies for writing an effective email that convert prospects into buyers or leads into customers. In today's world—the world of building businesses online—most entrepreneurs understand that building an email list is extremely important. An email list is one of the best ways to build your … [Read more...] about Tips for Writing an Effective Email, Part 1