Ever sit to write but the words feel stifled? Or the inner critic roars its ugly head?
You’re not alone. I do too.
Every writer must develop their own technique to overcome the inner critic that whispers that you, your story, your words, somehow aren’t good enough.
Which is why I decided to ask one of the most delightful writers I know to share her secrets to overcoming perfectionism in writing.
When I read Shauna Niequist’s writing, I feel like I’m sitting with a best friend.
When I read Present Over Perfect, I laughed, cried, and felt awe. Shauna is a gift and I’m proud to call her my friend.
You’ll glean bountiful wisdom from her writing advice:
Years and years ago, someone gave me a piece of writing advice that I still use almost every day, more than a decade into my life as a professional writer. I don’t even know who told me this—I wish I did, because I would send them beautiful flowers or bourbon, my eternal thanks for a trick I’ve been employing near constantly.Read More
“Do I have what it takes to be a writer?” asked one of the students in the Write Brilliant Academy.
While surfing online she stumbled on an agent’s website that said…
“Most people should not be encouraged to write.”
Those words sent her into a spiral of self-doubt and second-guessing. I soon followed into a spine-tingly death spiral myself.
Those. Are. Scary. Words.
Then I remembered….Read More
Have you ever tried to learn another language? Maybe you’re onto your third or fourth. Once you hit a certain age, linguists say that acquiring additional languages is difficult.
As in no bueno.
Okay, if we’re honest, our first language can be hard, too. We struggle to imagine what it’s like for those who are learning English as a second language. If that’s you, bravo!
The BBC’s Matthew Anderson helped us remember this when he shared a little-known “rule.”Read More
I made this mistake for years. You don’t have to.
These words are killing your writing (and mine). Let’s cut them out.
Every day, I’m in the business of navigating the murky waters of tough topics. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned many lessons the hard way.
Here are two words that are essential to writing well on tough topics:
Ever sit to write but the words feel flat and the style feels indistinguishable?
You’re not alone. I do too.
Every writer must take time to develop a unique writing style that will set them apart from others like them.
Which is why I decided to ask one of the most unique writers I know to share her secrets to writing with flare.
When I read Ann Voskamp’s writing, I have to remind myself to breathe.
When I read One Thousand Gifts, my tears drenched the pages. I called friends and family members to read it aloud to them, pausing to wipe my cheeks on each call.Read More
Hey! It’s Margaret here, and I’m excited to share a super-duper practical quick tip with you this week.
I made a big bad boo-boo a few years ago that taught me a tough lesson about when and how to use quotes.
Watch this so you don’t have to make the same mistake I did.
Check out the video below and I’ll share the easy rules I’ve learned to live by.
After studying the Write Brilliant strategy, I have been lucky enough to have a few blog posts go viral. One post even attracted nearly a million views in 18 months.
Whether in written word, video, or still imagery, viral posts have the power to move people to laughter, to tears, and even to action. Deep down, each blogger and every author or creator of online content probably has dreams of virtually hitting it big.
Thrilled by the increase of traffic and expansion of your platform, it’s fun to see your content capture the hearts and eyes of new readers. My experience has taught me that you must take a few vital steps before that big moment arrives. Most writers miss them, and this is why their posts fall flat. Here are 3 mistakes that will prevent your posts from going viral:
You’ve experienced a tragic loss or deep pain, but are you ready to write about it? How soon is too soon?
Five years after my daughter passed away, my literary agent asked me why I thought now was the time to publish my memoir about her death.
“I had to finish living my story first,” I replied. “I had to discover my ending.”
Though my grief won’t find its full ending until heaven, I knew I needed resolution with God before I had anything helpful to share with readers.Read More
More than a decade ago, I considered calling it quits as a writer. I struggled to build a platform, and allure readers to my blog. Four book proposals had been rejected by every publisher in the industry. Each night, my hands pounded my keyboard long after the sun set, but my career felt glued to the pavement.
"Jonathan and Margaret are two of the best writing coaches in America, and I've learned much from them over the years. Their Write Brilliant program will help you grow deep roots and a wide reach. Do not wait to sign-up!"
– Gabe Lyons
Bestselling author of Good Faith and founder of Q
"I highly recommend Jonathan and Margaret's program for writers of any level!"
– Jennie Allen,
bestselling author of Nothing to Prove and founder of IF:Gathering
"The firehose of information I absorbed through Write Brilliant transformed the way I write. Jonathan and Margaret bring a combined breadth of knowledge and a straight-shooting style that helped me clarify my target audience, expand my platform, and get practical about what it takes to dedicate myself to my craft. I learned more in this one course than in all past conferences, books, blogs, and videos I’ve engaged. Write Brilliant is a one-stop-shop for taking your writing to the next level."
– September Vaudrey,
author of Colors of Goodbye
"In all my years of leading organizations, I've encountered dozens of how-to programs, but none of them has been more effective then this one. I should know. The Write Brilliant strategy gave me the boost of confidence I needed to create two books on leadership. Whether you want to author a book or just create a blog, make sure you don't miss this fantastic course."
– Brad Lomenick,
author of H3 Leadership and former director of Catalyst