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“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” —Ray Bradbury

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Top 10 Episodes of 2016
December 31, 2016
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Top 10 Episodes of 2016
As we round out the year, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for listening to The Art & Business of Writing podcast and to share with you the top 10 episodes of 2016. These are based on your downloads. Click on the links below to get the show notes along with the audio, […]
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What You Can Learn from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Improbable Comeback
June 24, 2016
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What You Can Learn from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Improbable Comeback
After 52 long years without a professional sports championship, the basketball gods delivered the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy to the city of Cleveland in historic fashion. Down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, Cleveland faced the impossible task of dethroning the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who also set the NBA record for most regular […]
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Lessons I Learned from Michael Jordan
June 10, 2016
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Lessons I Learned from Michael Jordan
I was on the phone with my good friend Vidal Cisneros Jr. earlier this week. We were sharing work stories—he’s also a coach—and the lessons we were learning in entrepreneurship. The conversation shifted to how we were both going to be 40 years old soon, how we’re fathers and providers, and that we have to […]
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Moving Mountains with Sasha Laghonh Interview: Breaking into Writing
May 4, 2016
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Moving Mountains with Sasha Laghonh Interview: Breaking into Writing
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You’re an Author. Now What?
March 17, 2016
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You’re an Author. Now What?
An author writes. That’s what we’re supposed to do. The greatest challenge facing authors isn’t the writing; it’s the marketing of the work we’ve written. So how does an author market their work? That’s the business of writing.   Best writing Author vs. Best-Selling Author Whether you recognize it it or not, as a writer, you’re in the […]
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The Convocation: Self-Education for Self-Reliance
January 31, 2016
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On January 30, 2016, I presented this speech in Newport News, Virginia, at The Convocation: How You Confine Yourself is How You Define Yourself. The goal of the speech is to show that with a growth mindset, you can take advantage of the books and tools around you to command the steps of your future. […]
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Why I Wrote The Art & Business of Writing
November 20, 2015
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Why I Wrote The Art & Business of Writing
  Frustration made me write again. As I listened to “The Power of Focus” by Anthony Robbins, I decided to take him up on testing the power of something transformational. My first action: I reread the beginning of “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron and committed to rekindling my writing career. Six years had passed since […]
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How to Start a Swipe File
March 10, 2015
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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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14 Ways to Outsmart Writer’s Block
March 5, 2015
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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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How Immersion Can Ignite Your Passion
March 3, 2015
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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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