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Writer’s Tip #104: A Bunch of Tips from Jeff Goins (Who’s He?)

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When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

Today: Tips from Jeff Goins

Who is Jeff Goins, Truth, I’d never heard of him before, but Seth Godin recommended one of his books so I popped over to his blog to check out who this guy is. He’s a writer, blogger, and speaker. Based on these tips, I think he’s pretty astute:

So… you want to be a writer?

Anyone who writes is a writer, but that doesn’t mean they’re a very good one. So let’s talk about how to become a better writer. We’ll begin with the basics — here are seven key lessons (with links to important articles about each):

Before getting started

Before you begin writing, ask yourself these important questions:

  • Why do I want to write?
  • Who am I writing for?
  • What’s my message?
  • Have I found my voice yet?
  • What am I willing to sacrifice for my craft?
  • What won’t I give up?

Tips for when you begin

Here is a list of 10 essential tips on writing:

Build your platform

Although writers need to write first for the craft, it’s not a bad thing to want to get published. But that’s a byproduct, not a goal (For the real writer, anyway).

Look. This isn’t just something that happens accidentally. You have to work at it. So how do you create work that earns you the attention of publishers, exactly? You build a platform.

These days, a lot of writers use blogs and the power of the Internet to get their writing discovered. There’s no reason you can’t do the same. Here are 10 basic tips on blogging and building an audience that will help you get published:

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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