Shakespeare allegedly wrote King Lear while under quarantine. (And he didn't even have a typewriter back then, much less a computer. He had to write everything by hand!) So, you should have no trouble getting that book done, right? (You know–the one you've been talking about forever.) You’re stuck at home anyway, so why not use your time wisely and finally write The … [Read more...] about Your Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Book During a Global Pandemic
It's no secret that creating free content (no matter the form—written blog posts, videos, podcasts, etc.) is an awesome no-cost way to gain visibility, build your credibility, grow your community, and attract paying clients. But for a lot of folks, this is one of those "easier-said-than-done" strategies. So today, I'm sharing three tips to help you easily and quickly craft … [Read more...] about 3 Tips to Creating Content That Sells
Have you ever seen the movie The Prestige? (Quick synopsis: After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.) In it, one of the main characters dissects the elements of a magic trick. First, you show the object that will be manipulated (i.e. the rabbit in a hat that … [Read more...] about What the Movie “The Prestige” Can Teach You About Copywriting
According to Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, the fear of being a bad speller is remarkably common in people who want to write but are blocked creatively. It doesn’t matter that the fear is irrational; it doesn't matter that every single word-processing program out there comes with a spell checker these days. Regardless, the fear of not being able to spell still … [Read more...] about Is a Fear of Spelling Keeping You From Success?
Want to know the secret to creating MEMORABLE copy that actually stays with your customers long after they’ve finished reading it? It’s all about the imagery, baby. You must master the fine art of using words to create pictures in your customers' heads. Think about a favorite novel you’ve read that has stayed with you for some time. I’d be willing to bet that you can … [Read more...] about The Secret to Writing Memorable Copy
I believe one of the things that prevent people from fully realizing their creative potential is the idea of stereotypes. For example, maybe you think you “can’t” be creative, because you don't look, act, live, etc., a certain way. Unfortunately, that kind of belief can become so powerful, it actually ends up crippling your creativity. That’s why today, I’m wanted to … [Read more...] about Are Creative Stereotypes Holding You Back?
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?
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
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?