Writer Resources for 2018!

I’d like to share my best strategies and ideas for writing a book, a blog, or even an email … and not being stressed about it. I’m going to share things you can do, start doing, stop doing, and consider. You can consider each of them part of a huge menu (think: Cheesecake Factory), and you get to choose what makes sense and sounds good for you.

There’s no quick fix or magic bullet for writing. You have to sit yer arse in a chair and write. However, I do have some great resources to make your writing faster, easier, and better.

Let’s start with listening and reading. Listening to podcasts revealed to me a community of people who were writers of all kinds: fiction, non-fiction, prolific, aspiring, bloggers, freelancers, scriptwriters and more. Here are podcasts I think are top-shelf:

I don’t listen to every episode, but I listen to every one of these podcasts at least once a month. You might not like them all, but I suggest you give each one a try. Where can you find the time? Here’s when I listen:

The most amazing thing about these podcasts is, if nothing else, you’ll hear your fellow writers share their best ideas. There’s something about listening to other people do what we want to do that can spur us on to our own success.

Now, on to reading.

Before I had author friends, I loved to learn from other writers and authors by reading their books and blogs. You can learn about craft and how to become a better writer. You can learn about marketing, everything from developing your author brand, and building fans, to how to sell more books. You can even discover writing methods and use them to develop a new series.

Here are just some of my favorite reads for writers:

Sell More Books with Less Social Media Chris Syme

Six Figure Author Chris Fox (and all of his books for writers)

How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis Bryan Cohen

The Miracle Morning for Writers Hal Elrod & Steve Scott (and me)

Write, Publish, Repeat Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant

2K to 10K Rachel Aaron

Reader Magnets Nick Stephenson

Save the Cat Blake Snyder

Your First 1000 Copies Tim Grahl

Write for Your Life Lawrence Block

Let’s Get Digital David Gaughran

And a few books that aren’t directly for writers, but have lots of great content:

Platform Michael Hyatt

The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg

Epic Content Marketing Joe Pulizzi

You Everywhere Now Mike Koenigs

For the cost of a very nice dinner, you can buy millions of dollars worth of knowledge in the form of books (books!) you can read (I know, reading is awesome!). That sounds like a delightful way to spend some time, don’t you think? I hope you’ll get started right away.


~Facebook Groups You’ll Love… The Prosperity for Writers Mastermind, 20Booksto$50K (Host: Michael Anderle), and SMART Marketing for Authors (Host: Chris Syme) all provide inspirational and informational spaces for authors. Did I miss one? Let me know!

~Want to learn more? I was a guest on Hal Elrod’s Achieve Your Goals Podcast: 5 Easy Steps to Turn Your Vision to Reality.

~100 Great Articles to Read. I met James Clear a couple of years ago, and he’s continued to impress me with his writing. Some of his articles might be great for you, too, particularly this one on creativity.

~Think you don’t have time to write? I promise you do… Brian Meeks and I co-authored The Nifty 15: Write Your Book in Just 15 Minutes a Day. This could be just the “beautiful kick in the behind” you need!

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