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What Nadal and Federer’s Losses Can Teach You About Winning

I love watching tennis and look forward to smaller tournaments as well as the Grand Slams. With the third slam of the year underway at Wimbledon, I was hopeful Roger Federer and Serena Williams would be the ones left standing at the end of it all. When Rafael Nadal went down in the first round, […]

5 Poverty Traps of Good Writers

So you’re a good writer. That’s great. Is that earning you any money? Being able to write well and earning money from it are two entirely different things. It would be nice if fortune followed the talent or hard work, but alas. Fortune follows the smarts and execution. You can be a so-so writer who […]

“The time is always right to do what is right”

Readers in the U.S. celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day today. His words transcend time and resonate with all people.

Rewrite the Story of Who You Are

Unfinished novels are tucked away on his computer. His blog hasn’t seen a new post in months. Writing contest deadlines come and go. He promises himself he will write. He wants to. But doesn’t. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. I’ve gotten a flurry of emails lately from people on the Writer’s Living […]

Why You Need to ‘Hurt in Your Talent’

“Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” — Henry Van Dyke   Who wants to sing when Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, or Beyonce are belting out tunes? Not many of us would feel confident to stand next to them and […]

Champion Wrestler Robles, Born With One Leg, Is ‘Unstoppable’

Born with one leg, Anthony Robles became an elite athlete and accomplished an amazing feat: He became the 2011 NCAA National Wrestling Champion! The former Arizona State University athlete has won many other honors and awards, including the 2011 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. He was a 2012 inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of […]

What a Tennis Match Can Teach You About Being a Successful Writer

My husband and I went to play tennis recently after weeks of being away from the court. If we get a few consistent days of play in, I can do pretty OK. But if there is a gap, it’s a tough road. This past time when we returned to the court after a gap, it […]

13 Nifty Moves for Writers Who Want to Succeed in 2013

It might be a little hard to see past the singing, partying, gifting, and celebrating of the holiday season. But see past it, you must. If you’re a writer who wants to be successful in the coming year, it’s time to do a wee bit o’ planning to help make next year start off a […]

The One Thing You Can Do to Become a Successful Author — Now

News of the potential merger of Random House and Penguin — likely reducing the number of publishers vying for authors’ works — is enough to send authors into hand-wringing depression as they bemoan the tightening industry that has already seen smaller book deals. But this merger doesn’t have to mean bad news for authors. If […]

How Bad Writing Helps You Get Better

The woman was there to bury her sister and her niece, who had been murdered by the husband. Lives cut short, so short. And then she had to deal with me, a young reporter who had telephoned to do an interview about this news event for a story to run in the paper the next […]