Prolific Like William Faulkner

William Faulker is one the most beloved American and Southern writers to have lived. He was also quite prolific in his work. This famous quote hints as to why. Faulker said… “I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.”

That is, he made a habit of writing. It was part of his daily ritual like brushing his teeth or drinking a cup of coffee. Those who aspire to attain similar levels of productivity would do well to follow his lead.

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Elmore Leonards 10 Rules of Writing

Back in 2000 the New York Times got Elmore Leonard to provide his rules of writing.  Many of them work well with the fast writing tips in Real Fast Writing.

The rules are:

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than ”said” to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb ”said.”
5. Keep your exclamation points under control.
6. Never use the words ”suddenly” or ”all hell broke loose.”
7. Use regional dialect, patois sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
11. If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

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3 Top Tips To Write Much Faster

As a writer I know that the more productive I am the more money I make.   As someone who is chronically ADD and dyslexic being a productive writer is a constant challenge.   Therefor I wanted to provide my 3 top tips to write much faster even if you’re saddled with these challenges.   These are just some of the strategies that I lay out in my book “Real Fast Writing”.   The 3 top tips to write at higher speed are:

  • Don’t write & edit at the same time
  • Use a “Do Not Disturb” sign
  • Record & transcribe

Check out Real Fast Book here. 3 Top Tips To Write Much Faster

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How to Use Periscope: A TV Station in Your Pocket

Today is easier than ever before to reach out, build and touch your community, your platform with live streaming video from your smartphone with apps like Periscope, Blab, Meerkat and Facebook Live. Follow me on Periscope. This video shows you how…

I look forward to connecting you on TV!

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How To Save Time: Turn Off Your Email And Cell Phone


Turn Off Distractions And Save More Time

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, or small business owner, then you have to learn how to save time.  You don’t want time to be your arch nemesis. You need to figure out how to get more done in less time. One of the main ways you can do this is by turning off distractions.


Two of the biggest distractions for entrepreneurs are email and cell phone. Yes, I know those are the tools that you use to get leads and clients, but when you are trying to work on products, or for a specific client, they can be major distractions. The phone rings and you think you need to answer it. The email refreshes and you think you need to look at the new ones. This completely takes your focus away from what you are doing. And, if you’re like me, it’s hard to get your focus back.

Turn Off Your Email

Pick a specific time during your day, maybe a 3 hour block, and turn off your email. You can still let people know that their connection is important to you. You can set up an auto-responder on your email that lets them know you will get back to them. In the auto-responder refer them to your support desk or your assistant during the time you have blocked off. This way you can focus on the task at hand.

Turn Off Your Cell Phone

Do the same thing with your cell phone. Take that same block of time and turn your cell phone off as well. It’s OK for clients or customers to go to your voice mail. I suggest leaving a polite message that directs people to your support desk or to your assistant during that block of time.

Setting Parameters

By turning off your cell phone and email during the day, for a specific block of time, you are setting parameters for how people should connect with you during that time. You will be amazed at how much focus time you have to get things done.

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The Power of Collaboration and My Bonuses

Me and my good friend Tony Laidig spill the beans on the power of our profitable collaborations, how you can get resale rights to Tony’s next product for only $7 which includes a hot new bonus I’ve created for you called… 7 Ways To Build Your List For FREE With PowerPoint!




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Writing Tips – Record and Transcribe

Vertical_3D_coverLet’s face it, if you’re in business for yourself–a speaker or trainer, coach or consultant or if you realize the great need for large quantities of fantastic content fast–then you need to know how to speed write. Periodically I’m going to share with you my “Real Fast Writing Tips.”

Today’s Real Fast Writing Tip – Record and Transcribe

The record and transcribe strategy is one of my favorites… probably the reason it’s number one!  This strategy is great for people who are good speakers.

The idea is to record a conversation about your topic, then have the conversation transcribed.  Once it’s transcribed you then edit and polish the content into something usable.

Follow the Steps

  1. It’s easier to get great content from this strategy if you start with writing 10 questions about your topic as a guide. These questions can come from frequently asked customer or client questions.  Or they can come from your experiences. But, as you think of questions, remember that it is easier to go from general to specific in your topic.  Also, think about what questions would- the answers to– develop the most robust content.
  2. If possible, have a colleague or friend interview you using the 10 questions as a guide. Encourage your interviewer to ask probing follow up questions and tell them to follow up on anything they don’t understand.
  3. For your part, strive to give the most detailed and thorough answers you can. Be mindful to explain your answers as you would to someone who has no knowledge of your content.
  4. Record this interaction as an MP3. I like the free recording software called Audacity if you don’t already have a recorder on your machine.
  5. Have the MP3 transcribed using one of the transcription services. Transcription services are generally reasonably priced. I’ve listed a few of my favorites in the resources, or you could simply Google “Transcription Services”.
  6. Finally, edit and polish the transcription. I find, that for me, an hour of conversation yields about 20 typed pages of content.  Your yield will depend on how fast (or slow) you speak.

(Excerpted from Real Fast Writing: Online Video Tutorial Addition)

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[Personal Invitation] Will You Be A Podcast Launch Team Member?

[Re: A Personal Invitation]

I’ve made an important decision.

After much consideration, I have decided to launch a podcast.  I believe it and an accompanying blog will serve you better.

But I need your help.

Podcast LaunchI am inviting you to join my special Podcast launch team!

What is membership in the special launch team?

Well I’m going to do everything in my power to launch with a bang!

Which means I need a team of people who will support the podcast on and immediately after launch day.

Primarily, I will need people on the team to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (it’s free), rate and then review the podcast on launch day and also share the show with your community and/ or social media followers.   So the time commitment is minimal.

I’m looking for 55 people for the team.  Will you be one?

What’s in it for you?

First, you’ll get my undying gratitude.  I mean that.

Second, you’ll have greater input in the direction of the show.  How we can make the show better for you; to serve you better.

Third, I will be offering some goodies that only team members will get.

I plan on launching sometime between May 15 and June 1.  The specific day isn’t nailed down yet.

I’m planning splitting the show into seasons. And I’m focusing this first season of the podcast on one of my favorite topics: digital publishing.

In future seasons, I intend on covering other topics related to growing your business and helping you to have a more abundant life and as I say as a team member you will have a say in that direction.

So are you interested in helping make this podcast world-class?  Are you interested in being a part of something great?

If so, please reply in the thread below and I will reach out and connect with you personally.

I’m excited!

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Tips On Writing Email Subject Lines That Will Get Your Emails Opened

Writing Email Subject LinesOne of the trickiest issues entrepreneurs have to deal with is writing engaging emails that prospective clients will open. The most important part of an email is the first part the reader sees–the subject line. Email subject lines need to attract attention just like newspaper headlines do.

Here are a few tips on writing email subject lines that will attract attention and increase your open rate:

  • Be Specific – If you are promising something good, then put that as your subject line. If you’re giving them a free report on how to boost their Facebook Ads (for example) then let them know what they are getting.
  • Use Power Words – Don’t be afraid to add emotion buy using words that will bring out a specific emotion in your reader.
  • Shake It Up – Don’t be afraid to use bizarre phrases that will pique curiosity.
  • Mentors – Subscribe to lists of people you really respect and see how they use subject lines to their advantage.

For more ideas on writing email subject lines, check out this great article: 37 Tips for Writing Emails that Get Opened, Read, and Clicked

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Amazon Kindle Format Tips for Authors

Kindle FormattingIf you want people to buy your Kindle book, and hopefully give it a good review, it must be formatted correctly! As an author, formatting your Kindle book can really weigh you down and distract you from actually doing what is important–which is writing.  Poorly formatted kindle books can lead to refunds and bad reviews.

I’ve been thinking of the importance of this lately, and came across a great blog post entitled, “5 Quick Tips I Learned for Business Authors to Easily Format Kindle eBooks for Amazon.”

This reminded me of a few tips I would like to remind you of when formatting Kindle books.

  1. Proof Read – This may seem like a no brain-er, but customers do not like books with lots of grammatical or spelling errors. ALWAYS have someone else proof your book. When you know what it is supposed to say, you don’t always catch the mistakes. This goes for spell checking as well. Make sure you spell check your entire document several times. Just to be safe.
  2. Test Your Book – Test your book with Amazon’s online viewer to make sure it looks right. When you upload it to KDP don’t just trust that everything will look right. Use the Amazon Viewer to make sure it looks the way you want it to. If not, tweak it. Don’t just think that it’s good enough. People like their Kindle books to look like books. They don’t want a lot of awkward spaces.
  3. Font and Point Size – Make sure you are using a common point and font size. The most commonly used is Times New Roman 12 Point.
  4. Cover – Don’t underestimate the cover of your Kindle book. It needs to be eye catching. There are several free programs where you can make great looking covers on your won without breaking the bank. If you don’t feel you have time to do that, then consider hiring someone. But, make sure the cover represents what your book is about.

These are just a few tips, but they are good ones to start with. Do you have some tips for Kindle formatting?

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