Writing

Your’re Not a Classical Composer – You’re a Punk Rock Shredder

Jay Reatard

“I really don’t think records should be made in the manner where you sit and write, and when you’re finished writing, you start recording. That just seems conventional and old-fashioned to me.” – Jay Reatard, Born May 1, 1980. Writing for the internet, for yourself, is pretty fucking punk. You don’t have time to engineer …

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Create Valuable Unique Information You Can SELL – Just Stop Learning and Start Doing

Hosea Ballou

“Theories are always very thin and insubstantial. Experience only is tangible.” – Hosea Ballou, Born Apr. 30, 1771. If you want to shift from being a consumer of information to a producer and seller of information – positioned as an expert in your chosen topic, learn this. Take whatever you’re consuming, learning, reading, watching – …

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Programming Imaginations With Impossible Imagery is the New Black

J. M. W. Turner

“If I could find anything blacker than black, I’d use it.” – J. M. W. Turner, Born Apr. 23, 1775. This one isn’t about the content of the quote, but more about the implications of it. Turner couldn’t find paint that was any blacker than the paints he used. He could never actually accurately show …

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If You Say You Don’t Have Time to Work on Your Dreams, You’re a Liar, You Liar

Dinah Craik

“It is astonishing what a lot of odd minutes one can catch during the day, if one really sets about it.” – Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, Born Apr. 20, 1826. People say they don’t have time to write, or work on their business, or publish more content, or grow their audience, or shoot a video. …

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Infinite Ideas To Write About When You Need Them (Preparation Hack)

Frank Auerbach

“Ideally, one should have more material than one can possibly cope with.” – Frank Auerbach, Born Apr. 19, 1931. “I can’t think of anything to write about.” Some people say that. Baby non-writers do. Not me. I am a bottomless wellspring of material. I didn’t used to be. But I endeavored a little to make …

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How to Make Your Writing Delicious, and Thus Make Prospects Crave More and More

Anatole France

“The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.” – Anatole France, Born Apr. 16, 1844. Who are you writing to? Robots? No, we communicate with people. Human beings. So why bother to write to live, breathing, ambulatory meat bags full of emotion – about boring old “stuff”? …

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The Difference Between Fiction and Copy is in Where You Put the Confusion…

Scott Turow

“The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.” – Scott Turow, Born Apr. 12, 1949. Scott writes fiction, unlike us. But his point holds, because we DO use complexity and ambiguity. The purpose of narrative in copy is to give COMPLEXITY to the problem the prospect is facing. We give it …

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The Secret of Creating Unique Material for Products, Content, Whatever, Etc…

Pharrell Williams

“You don’t know what people are looking for. What you know is what you feel like might be missing.” – Pharrell Williams, Born Apr. 5, 1973. Here is one that people always struggle with. Folks like us know we want to gather an audience, but we don’t know what will attract them, and what will …

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