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Writer’s Tip #108: A Bunch of Tips from Jeff Goins (Who’s He?)

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). Click for his tips here.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning


50 thoughts on “Writer’s Tip #108: A Bunch of Tips from Jeff Goins (Who’s He?)

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      • My favorites are Nick Stephenson there is a lot of valuable teaching in his webinars, Bryan Cohen, Tim Grahl, Joseph Michael the Scrivener Coach, Mark Dawson SPF, Alex from Ky-lytics.

        Just saw a really great webinar put on by Geoff Affleck about optimizing Amazon book sells and learned lots. My partner utilized some of the stuff she learned in the webinar with one of her series books, and it went from 3 downloads on a free special in the past done in the past, to like 300 downloads with all the tweaks and stuff she learned and implemented just from that webinar. She said she did not use all she learned either. That is a huge jump.

        I bought Nick Stephenson 10K Readers, Mark Dawson SPF 101, Joseph Michael Ninja level back in 2014 when I was working 911 dispatch. I do not regret it.

        Some of the best investments I have made although I am just now getting to where I can use Nick and Mark’s courses to full advantage in the Marketing and list building areas and Amazon. They had other help too that I received as great bonus stuff at the time that I used immediately.

        I would really like Tim Grahl and Geof Affleck stuff but I have wait until I can afford it again. Working my way there. Jerry Jenkins is another I learn a lot from at their webinars. I left a lot out but I rewatch these guys anytime I see someone hosting their webinar and I can find the time.

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