No One Wants To Buy Your Product – This Is What They’ll Pay For…

Calvin Klein

“The only way to advertise is by not focusing on the product.” – Calvin Klein, Born Nov. 19, 1942. The art and skill and magic and OOMPH of writing promotions comes from the stuff you do that has NOTHING to do with the product itself. The product is just a token of value. It carries …

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Publish Your Draft Now, Revise When You Re-Publish Again In The Future

Alan Moore

“Everything you’ve ever read of mine is first-draft. This is one of the peculiarities of the comics field. By the time you’re working on chapter three of your masterwork, chapter one is already in print. You can’t go back and suddenly decide to make this character a woman, or have this one fall out of …

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Creativity Will Keep You Broke Unless You Strap On The YOKE

Lorne Michaels

“To me there’s no creativity without boundaries. If you’re gonna write a sonnet, it’s 14 lines, so it’s solving the problem within the container.” – Lorne Michaels, Born Nov. 17, 1944. There is something incredibly empowering about using creative limitations. And it’s not just about placing arbitrary deadlines. It’s about limiting your materials, your scope. …

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Explain To Others How They Feel When Their Own Words Cannot Express It

José Saramago

“Human vocabulary is still not capable, and probably never will be, of knowing, recognizing, and communicating everything that can be humanly experienced and felt.” – Jose Saramago, Born Nov. 16, 1922. Jose is talking about how even the best writers can find themselves incapable of expressing the full range of human emotion. And that’s arguably …

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Another “Bad” Character Trait That You MUST Have to Succeed…

Marya Mannes

“Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.” – Marya Mannes, Born Nov. 14, 1904. Talent alone is no guarantee of success. There are plenty of broke ass nobodies with talent so abundant it’s oozing from their pores. You need to USE the talent you have in a way that lets …

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Make Your Solution Feel Like a Life Preserver to a Drowning Swimmer

William Shenstone

“A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.” – William Shenstone, Born Nov. 13, 1714. If you’re reading this and the word “liar” makes you feel all squicky to the degree that you can’t stand it, you might not like this conversation. Because marketers are …

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Persuasion Is Storytelling and Storytelling is Telling Lies

Kim Young-ha

“The moment kids start to lie is the moment storytelling begins. They are talking about things they didn’t see. It’s amazing. It’s a wonderful moment. Parents should celebrate. ‘Hurray! My boy finally started to lie!’ All right! It calls for celebration.” – Kim Young-ha, Born Nov. 11, 1968 The basis of persuasion is storytelling. And …

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