I Am Not James Patterson

I Am Not James Patterson

In the last three months, I’ve only published two noncommissioned¹ stories. Two. Last year I published a new story each week. This is a very different feeling. In the middle of July, I published some thoughts on leadership. The story kind of bombed and instead of taking my advice I got trapped in my head….

To Publish Regularly Or Irregularly, That Is The Question

To Publish Regularly Or Irregularly, That Is The Question

In 2017, as part of the Writing Cooperative’s challenge, I vowed to publish something once a week. In the end, I published over seventy stories. My writing game was on fire. 2018 has been different. Publishing has been sporadic. I’ve opted to release stories as I completed them rather than on a schedule. So what’s…

How to Write When You Don’t Wanna Write (As Told By Other Writers)

How to Write When You Don’t Wanna Write (As Told By Other Writers)

I’ve been in a slump lately. Ideas are flowing, that’s not the problem. I have zero desire to sit down and actually write the things. I call this strange feeling The Funk™️. Feeling stuck, I reached out to a number of writers’ whose work I greatly admire and asked them a simple question: How do…

How to build a following and develop a successful personal brand.

How to build a following and develop a successful personal brand.

What advice can you give me to build an audience and get more views on my writing? Every Email I Receive As an administrator for the Writing Cooperative, I am asked this questions a few times a week. New writers are all looking for the fast pass to internet success. I don’t blame them for asking….

Is fear limiting your writing?

Is fear limiting your writing?

The Writing Cooperative’s community has thousands of members. We encourage new people to introduce themselves upon joining. I often see an introduction explain the person writes, but doesn’t publish. The most common reason: fear. Hitting the publish button is scary. Opening ourselves up to criticism, ridicule, and rejection is not an easy thing to do….

Sometimes You Have to Stop

Sometimes You Have to Stop

The sun has gone down. The dog is hungry. So are you, but you don’t notice. You’ve lost all concept of time because you’re completely focused on what you’re doing. Just one more paragraph, you tell yourself. Another ten minutes. Does this sound familiar? When we’re “in the zone”, it’s hard to focus on anything…

Ask yourself three questions daily to become a better storyteller.

Ask yourself three questions daily to become a better storyteller.

Repeating something twenty-one times develops a new habit. Want to teach a child to brush their teeth before bed every night? Help them remember on twenty-one consecutive nights and a habit will form. At the beginning of this new year, make a resolution to create a daily writing habit that will also develop your storytelling…

How Not to Reach 25,000 Followers and Make Money on Medium

How Not to Reach 25,000 Followers and Make Money on Medium

A few days ago a story popped into my feed explaining how to make $500 writing on Medium. Cynicism forced me to see what kind of “advice” was being invented. The sum total was: Follow everyone and hope they follow you back Pay for the author’s Medium course to know the rest Exactly as I…