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It’s hard to believe, but we have passed the 300th episode of The Word Leader Podcast. We are going to take a short pause until the end of the year, and we’ll be back strong in January 2022.Visit www.triviumwriting.com to learn more about writi
Stories sell, but how do you write a story? Not every piece of information in your hand is a story, but it can become one if you make it so. Remember that a story is made of someone doing something. There needs to be a character and an importan
You don’t need to be in love with writing to be a good writer. You simply need to be observant and analytical. You can identify the patterns of good writing. Learn some writing concepts and identify them in texts you love. Start implementing th
The best and easiest way to improve your writing is to cut words and sentences. The less words you have, the more impact each word has. The same goes for sentences. Shorter and more concise texts require more from readers. The more engaged the
You can educate people all you want, but nothing comes close to letting them come to their own conclusions. Your job as a writer is to connect facts, ideas, and stories for readers to make their own minds. You can try to force a perspective dow
Some books contain knowledge that will change your life. Knowledge is power, as the saying goes. But power can kill you, too—or at least leave you incapacitated. Knowledge is empowering if one knows how to use it. There are many unfortunate thi
If you’re writing and publishing a book, one of your goals is to sell copies. To sell copies, you must be cognizant of what’s been done before you because success leaves a trail. In the end, you have to find a compromise between what you really
What’s hard about writing a good book is keeping the quality consistent. All too often, when we write our first draft, the quality of our content and writing vary between chapters and sections. Although it can be avoided through solid writing f
It’s tempting to believe that we can only learn how to write well by reading books on writing, by writing a lot, or by taking a graduate program. But the reality is that the mechanics of writing are only one aspect of writing—and it’s not even
Books take time to write, and that’s a good thing. You’ve probably been in a situation where you spoke too fast and regretted it. Or perhaps you’ve sent a text message and didn’t take the time to evaluate whether you meant what you wrote. That
When I was in university, I used personal branding to get good grades on my paper. I developed a very unique way of writing papers, and they usually involved mixing cultural politics and humour. The reality is that you can brand yourself throug
Two important needs humans have are certainty and variety. Though certainty matters because people need to trust you to take them somewhere, variety matters a great deal because people get bored if they can predict what’s next. At every level o
Conceptual thinking is the ability to connect ideas and turn abstract thoughts into compelling concepts people can visualize. This skill is highly profitable and highly underrated. We don’t talk a lot about conceptual thinking, just as we don’t
If you feel you’re struggling with writing, you need to ask yourself why. You need to assess your expectations and vision. You also need feedback. The truth might be that you’re doing just fine, and that your expectations are too high for where
A client asked how to bridge the gap between being structured and being generic. The truth is that structure doesn’t need to be generic. The problem with book and content coaches is they put a bandaid on the problem of structure. They say, “put
Writing is the key to a successful life because writing is formalized thinking. Good thinking leads to a good life. But why is that? There are two ways writing can be useful to lead a good life. First, writing helps us figure out what we want.
One of my mentors once told me, “No. Stop. You’re growing too fast and not slowing down for your audience. Teach one simple nugget at a time, and your audience will be better off. Stop letting your expertise be your biggest shortcoming.” Damn,
If you write a book for the first time, you’ll quickly notice that it’s like opening a Pandora's box. You’ll find a lot more than you thought you would. In fact, you may wonder whether you have more than one book. You may wonder if you should b
While writing your book, you’ll get feedback from other people. But chances are that you’re attached to your work and taking criticism (even if constructive) can be difficult. I catch myself every so often wincing at the feedback I get when it’
We often dismiss theory on the basis that it’s not as useful as practice. We often believe that “practical” books—how-to books—are inherently better. I think that is because we live in the era of personal development. But let’s not dismiss theo
We often talk about all the beautiful things that come with writing and being an author. Of course, writing is a potent way to make a mark on the world and impact other people’s lives. But writing can also backfire. Words have lives of their ow
In the traditional publishing world, books are the fruit of a collaboration between an author and an editor. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the editor. The editor acts on behalf of the audience and the publishing company. After
I am not an artist. At least, I don’t consider myself one. Sure, I do like poetry and like to put rhythm in my writing. Still, I don’t consider myself an artist because I don’t think like one. The way I approach writing is closer to architectur
Almost every aspiring author thinks they need a destination when, in reality, they need a direction. You don’t need to know precisely where you’ll land to get to the place where you need to be. It’s just like life. (Ouh!) The people who careful
“Assumption” is a dirty word. We’re told we shouldn’t make assumptions about people, how things will go, and just about anything we can think of. Assumptions are the opposite of empirical evidence, so the story goes. And the story is true — in
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