7 Reasons You Should Switch to Scrivener for Your Writing

I have a picture of EB White hanging on the wall in my office. He is sitting at his writing desk, which is in a boathouse. White sits on a stark bench, hands poised over his typewriter. The only other items in the room are the ashtray on the table, and the waste can. To me, this photo represents the essence of writing. No distractions. No procrastinating. Just a man, his writing tool of choice, and the words.

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Once upon a time, I loved the writing tools more than the writing itself. I loved to talk about writing, to speculate about writing, and to collect writing pens, writing paper, and writing software. One day, when I was complaining about not having time to actually write, my wife asked me, “Why does it bother you?”

#132: If You Don’t Have Your Health… [Podcast]

Have you ever heard the phrase, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything”? I think this is a stupid thing to say, and in today’s episode I will explain why – and what to say instead.

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And for those who don’t have your health, I’ve got a newsflash: you also don’t have a free pass to whine, complain, and make excuses.

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3 Quick and Dirty Tips to Better Public Speaking

Today’s post is a guest post by my friend and colleague Mike Kim. I strongly recommend you check out his Brand You! marketing podcast, and his blog.

Have you ever found yourself completely enraptured by a public speaker? Or sat amazed at the sheer eloquence, power, and delivery of a gifted orator? Have you ever dreamt of doing the same only to conclude, “No way … I could never do that!” Yeah, same here.

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While growing up, I marveled at great orators: the politicians, lecturers, coaches, and preachers that just seemed like they were “born with it.” Public speaking never came naturally to me, so sharing my ideas in front of people seemed like a pipe dream.

But public speaking — like any other type of communication — can be developed. The problem is we tend to focus on the discourse rather than the delivery. Both are important, so here are a few tips to improve your public speaking … they’re so simple you’ll feel like you’re cheating.

#131: Interview With Podcast Answer Man Cliff Ravenscraft [Podcast]

This week I have my good friend Cliff Ravenscraft on the show – yes, the Podcast Answer Man himself will join us and we’ll discuss the future of podcasting and what it means for those building a platform.

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I know you were expecting Five Destructive Habits That Will Wreck Your Life, but this is a good programming change. Trust me. We have a BIG announcement, and I’ll get you those Five Destructive Habits That Will Wreck Your Life in a couple of weeks!

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#129: Write Faster, Write Better [Podcast]

For the longest time, when asked how quickly I can turnaround a writing project, my answer has been: “I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.”

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I recently discovered the person who originally penned that phrase: American journalist A.J. Liebling, who wrote primarily for The New Yorker. The reason I think this  quote rings true for many writers is actually a secret of the trade. Writing faster makes you a better writer.

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Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, Parkinson’s Disease, and Me

Recently, Robin Williams apparently chose to take his own life. The news hit me so hard that I couldn’t bring myself to write or comment about it for a while. Even had the subject not been so tender for me, I didn’t feel I had anything relevant to say.

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Michael J. Fox (L) and Robin Williams (R) Photo from the Mirror, Copyright Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Now, I think I might.