Dino Watt

[Podcast] Talking Marriage & Entrepreneurship with Marriage Expert Dino Watt

I had the chance to be a guest on The Business of Marriage Podcast with Dino Watt to talk about writing, business and marriage. It was my first appearance on a podcast and it was exciting. Dino and I talked about how I write, how I met my wife, how I balance entrepreneurship and family, […]

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Swipe File

How to Start a Swipe File

I discovered the brilliance of swipe filing when I read John C. Maxwell’s “Today Matters.” In his book, Maxwell talks about four principles by which he guides his every day life. He said, “I read, I write, I think, I file.” Let’s take a closer look at filing.   Why File? A swipe file is […]

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Writer's Block

14 Ways to Outsmart Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is the single most frustrating event in the life of a writer. It halts productivity and can cause us to second-guess ourselves if we put too much emphasis on it. I want to share with you 14 ways that I have used to keep my mind fresh and my pen moving.   Walking. I get […]

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Immersion into water

How Immersion Can Ignite Your Passion

When I was a boy, at the encouragement of my grandmother, I stood up for the church altar call. The pastor—a large, black man with a voice like thunder—boomed, “Who of you would like to be baptized to become a member of God’s church.” My grandmother nudged me. “I would,” I quivered. He flashed his […]

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Victory Box

Do You Need a Victory Box?

I’ve done some noteworthy and amazing things in the past few years. Every December, I try to remember what those things were and when I achieved them. Sometimes I remember them with ease, like like finishing the first draft of my book on November 30, and other things slip my mind, like interviewing Jo Frost — was that in […]

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Focus

Using Deliberate Practice to Gain an Edge

In his best-selling book “Talent is Overrated,” author Geoff Colvin writes about the concept of deliberate practice and how by adhering to this principle, the practitioner can attain expertise far more rapidly than they could through repetitive methods of practice that focus on already sharpened skills. Here are the criteria for an activity to qualify […]

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Touchpoints

How to Reach Influencers Using Touchpoints

In the freelance writing sphere, we spend a considerable amount of time connecting with others through networking, meetings, social media, or emailing editors and business owners to make introductions. Before long, a month has passed, then three, then six. How do you stay in front of those influencers and important connections you’ve made throughout the year to stay […]

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Laptop and Coffee

Why You Need a Writer’s Group

A few years ago, I met with four friends every Sunday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. at a local Panera Bread. We dubbed ourselves The Mastermind Group. Our aim was to help one another grow personally and professionally through goal setting and accountability. We each went around the table sharing our weekly highs and lows, went […]

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iPhone for writing

3 Ways to Write Faster Now

You have a job, you have a commute and maybe you have a family. I have two of three (my commute is a gentle 7 minutes). You want to make time to write, but after being present for those three, or any combination of them, you look up and it’s a half-past 9 already. It […]

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