To succeed in today’s competitive job market and build a career that leverages your unique passions and talent, it’s almost certain that at some point you’ll need to reinvent yourself professionally–and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution you can make.
~DORIE CLARK, author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future
Do you agonize for hours over character names? I used to. I knew I needed the just-right name to convey who the character was, but I didn’t know how to figure out what that just-right name was.
As an editor, point of view problems are among the top mistakes I see inexperienced writers make, and they instantly erode credibility and reader trust.
’ve had this interesting email: Since January this year, I’ve been attending writing workshops, and my novel is progressing well. But English isn’t my first language, and I don’t do any creative writing in my day job. I feel I’m struggling. My priority is quality, and I think I need expert help. Should I get an editor? What do you advise? Maria.
Keep the present action going. Don’t include the past at all. Include it, but don’t put it there. Or there. Or there.
Most movie fans love Netflix because it allows them a rotating library of movies plus original shows to stream instantly for a fixed price. But the king of all the movie fans, Quentin Tarantino, says he’s never used Netflix and has no plans to.
A few years ago everybody was chasing the unicorn of what worked on both theatrical and digital, but we’re finding that it’s either one or the other.
Amazon is at war with authors. And that’s OK: their revenue comes from readers, and they want to make sure readers keep buying books, which means giving them books they won’t be disappointed with.
For those of us who want to make a living as a professional author, we must take author branding seriously. We are a business. Want to be successful? Do what successful people do. Successful authors have a brand and use social media well.
Anger is an energy. To understand this energy, we need to start with how little we know.
While psychologists continue to debate whether or not willpower is a finite resource, a related strand of research is exploring the implications for the rest of us depending on whether we personally believe willpower is unlimited.
New research finds the brains of lonely people respond more negatively to social stimuli
Once reality sets in and you see how the real world actually works you begin to realize that nothing ever goes as planned. Most people will tell you that life isn’t fair, but it’s also so random that there’s more luck involved in where we end up than most people are willing to admit.
This points to an important if unromantic truth: Brands are king in fine art. Names like Rothko and Pollock distinguish them from unknown artists the same way the Coke and Pepsi brands distinguish them from other sugar water.