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Many writers don’t have compelling content because they don’t live compelling lives.

Your writing will never be more interesting than you.

Your writing will never be deeper than you.

Your writing will never be more informed than you.

Your writing will never be more inspiring than you.

This is critical if you want to be a brilliant writer:

If you want to write a better story, you must live a better story.

How do you live a better story? How do you live a story worth writing about?Read More


His articles have been viewed by tens-of-millions, showcased on some of today’s hottest talk shows, and featured on national news stations worldwide.

Jarrid Wilson is author of multiple books including Wondrous Pursuit as well as a friend of the Write Brilliant Academy. In this week’s Write Brilliant Quick Tip, his shares will make a measured difference in your online writing and platform—and how to to do it…

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Your writing feels lifeless,
Your writing feels dead.
How will you ever, ever, ever get ahead?

Theodor Geisel authored 29 books beginning in 1939. He wrote with unsurpassed flare under the pen name Dr. Seuss, and his work is a veritable college course in creative writing. Among the lessons writers can learn from his work:

  • The rhythm of your writing matters. Always read it aloud before publishing.
  • Your writing should be fun and enjoyable to read.
  • Nothing substitutes for strong style.
  • Sometimes shorter is better. After all, most of Dr. Seuss’s books are a handful of pages long.

But some of the best lessons on writing comes not from the structure and syntax, but Dr. Seuss’s prose itself.

Here are 3 writing tips from Dr. Seuss’ most famous books:Read More




Winter has completely set in. It’s cold and snowy outside but warm and cozy in my living room. I’m facing the northeast and the pale sun peeks through my windows as earthy incense wafts through the room. Soft piano music plays in the background while Basil, my 8-month-old cuter-than-ever puppy snoozes on the sofa, offering to be my muse for this day of writing.

Setting has always played an important role in my writing process. The right sights, sounds, and environment are critical to helping me tap into the sometimes-elusive creative wellspring that dwells in my soul.

I’m a soul-writer. And as far as I’m concerned, there’s no better writing.

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“I’ll write what no one else wants to write.”

This was the plea I made to editors at dozens of publications in early 2006. To my surprise, many agreed. For years, I had spun my wheels in the mud of rejection but now I was writing film reviews, book reviews, sidebars, newsletters.

The best part? I was getting paid.

In money, no less.

By late 2007, I had won over my editor’s trusts and asked for bigger assignments. I wanted to write short columns, or better yet, feature articles. But when the opportunity arrived, I felt unprepared.

Womp. Womp.

I had spent so much time writing short pieces devoid of any kind of style or voice that I my storytelling abilities were rusty. Luckily, I had a writing mentor who knew how to spin a knock-em-dead tale.

I emailed Margaret and asked for advice. Her response has never left me:

Telling a captivating story is a matter of trying to make the reader shout one simple word: “Aha!” Your stories should usher in a moment in which readers feel that they have actually discovered the main idea for themselves. 

Think of it this way: Imagine yourself standing on the shore with the reader, staring at the horizon. You gasp and say, “Hey, something looks strange out there, doesn’t it? Why are the waves breaking that way?” 

They don’t know and neither do you. So you decide to explore the phenomenon. 

“Oh, look, there’s a reef,” you say. “Ooooh–it’s beautiful, but oh, it’s also dangerous. If boat captains don’t know its here, this could cause a catastrophe.” 

By exploring with your reader and allowing them to have an epiphany, you create an “Aha moment.”

It has taken me years to master this trick, and I often revert back to my old ways. When I find myself slipping, I read the story and try to locate the moment when my reader would shout “Aha!”

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Too many writers are pushy storytellers. They force their readers forward at a lightning pace because they are eager to make their point.

But the story is part of the point. It demonstrates your main idea and illustrates the point you want to make.

No one wants to be pushed—in real life or while reading.

Rather than pushing your reader through a narrative, pull them. Draw them in. Beckon them with strong writing and engaging details to a clear moment where the main idea is unveiled.

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Are you struggling to write an engaging tale? Stop writing and start reading. Did you give the narrative time to unfold? Did you rush through to declare your point? Can you locate the “aha moment?”

Get your readers to shout Aha and you’ll find they’ll come back again and again to explore the water with you.

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