“Hello gorguos”. So started my latest fascination with the words that work (and those that seriously don’t) when we’re trying to appeal to a certain audience online.
There’s something you need to know. It’s your editor… She’s hiding something from you. It’s nothing ominous, don’t you worry. But it’s a secret nonetheless. And one I’m going to let out of the bag right now.
So you might have heard. You need an editor. Have you ever wondered what this actually means? Written on your to-do list ‘get an editor’? And then gone about your day putting it right out of your mind? Yep, me too.
Yes, when you’re on the road, you take days off and time out, just as you would at home. You exercise. You do your washing. You eat. And yes, if you’re living a life like this, you work. Travel is still actual life.
Truth be told, I still had a fair few hours left, albeit without much ‘freedom’ at all. Something about being location independent suggests you might be, gasp, independent of any location.
Despite regularly working long hours, keeping to tight deadlines and having clients around the world, I hear comments about ‘globetrotting’ and ‘holidays’ all the time.
The day that most people meet Bill Gates is, I imagine, a memorable one for all the right reasons. Inspiration, ambition, achievement laid bare for all to see. Okay, so that’s not how my story […]
Recently, I had cause to dabble in the world of online dating sites. ‘For a friend’! What I found shocked me. I wasn’t shocked in a ‘too many nutjobs’ kind of way, but in a ‘do people really put that?’ kind of way.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s nothing less inspiring than a blank computer screen. I believe an irregular writing practice is at the bottom of the problem around being stuck getting started.
If you can answer these 5 simple questions, you’re good to go. In fact, I’ve structured whole books for my clients based on this simple formula. Whole books! Something must be working, huh?
When I think of ‘quitting’, my mind automatically jumps to failure. Giving up has become something of a dirty notion. We’re not supposed to quit. We’re supposed to keep going tirelessly, sometimes pointlessly.
Frankly, there have been times I’ve hated the book I’ve written. Why, you may ask, am I telling you this? It’s a good question and I’ve wrangled and wrestled with whether to admit how much it’s pained me.
Proofreading is boring when you’ve been writing something all day, or even for an hour or two. You don’t have any inclination to comb through it again. You know what it says. You wrote it.
Maybe it’s a creative thing. I’ve never heard a teacher have a confidence crisis when she’s describing whether she can teach a class, or a plumber umming and ahhing over what kind of plumber he is.
You know those days when you do your utmost to put obstacles in your own path? Yeah, those days. You probably know your own sabotages all too well. Self-sabotage has been rife in my life.