Here's a little truth about success. If you want to succeed, especially as a business owner or entrepreneur, you have got to be creative. It's not enough to just master the current "hot" marketing tactic. The industry is changing so rapidly that the smart money is on what Stephen Covey called "sharpening the saw" or taking care of YOU. Your creativity, your knowledge, … [Read more...] about Quiz: Are You Creative?
If you're like so many conscious/heart-centered entrepreneurs, a lot of traditional direct response copywriting probably makes you pretty uncomfortable. (And just to be clear—copywriting is writing promotional materials—it has nothing to do with protecting your intellectual property. Direct response copywriting is copy that persuades people to take some sort of action. … [Read more...] about 3 Simple Steps to Writing Copy That Connects and Converts (AND Feels Good)
As a professional writer (copywriter, blogger, fiction and nonfiction book author), not only do I write a lot, but I also read a lot. In addition, I'm also committed to me becoming a better writer, so I'm constantly looking for ways I can up my game. One of the things I've noticed that sets the good/great writers apart from the “so-so” writers is rhythm—how the writing … [Read more...] about Becoming a Better Writer: 3 Tips for Improving Your Writing Rhythm
As the owner of a professional copywriting company, the two biggest questions I get are: "Will the copy sound like me?" and "Do you have any writing tips to make my writing sound like me?" And, I get it. Making sure the words you're using to market and sell yourself reflect your personality is a huge deal. But … what if you don't feel like your personality IS reflected in … [Read more...] about 3 Writing Tips to Add Your Personality to Your Writing
I'm sure you've heard this a million times already, but the key to your business success is building an subscriber email list. BUT, not just any old list of emails. This should be a list of your ideal prospects, who have given you permission to contact them, and who are (ideally) actively reading and responding to your emails. Ah, now it's just gotten a … [Read more...] about [Infographic] 5 Steps to Creating a Responsive Subscriber Email List
As a professional writer who has published multiple books along with maintaining two blogs, it's not uncommon for me to have to balance multiple writing projects every day. Whether it's promotional or article writing for myself or my clients, or working on my latest psychological thriller (yes, I write fiction, too), there's always something that needs to be written. While … [Read more...] about [Infographic] Conquer Multiple Writing Projects with Ease and Grace
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