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Writing Lame Introductions…

That’s what you usually do.  Of course, it’s not your fault (until now).  School trained you to start with mind-numbing generalities when you wrote essays.  Sentences like “Everyone in the world needs to breathe.”  Or “We all have to die sometime.”   This advice told you to start with a surprising fact, definition or a quote.  […]

Where Stories of Good Companies Begin

I’m standing on so many shoulders I can’t count them. My parents. My teachers. My brother and sisters. My pastors, youth leaders, bosses, wife, God, smart people like Roy Williams and Tim Miles, and everyone who’s come before them. So many have given the wisdom of their experience to me so that I don’t make […]

What Are You Against?

“Bieber-free, Gaga-free, and your no Nickelback guarantee.”   That’s the line that changed the fortunes of Live 88.5FM, an alternative radio station in Ottawa, Canada.  In one year their audience numbers shot up 29%, and their revenue increased 22%.  And all they changed was the message.  Saying what you won’t do makes a difference.  So why […]

Harnessing the Power of What You Don’t Say

They’re watching… It freaks me out when I see my face on a computer screen… in Sheffield, England… surrounded by attentive people… in the dark.   The realities of YouTube don’t really sink in until you find out that people across the ocean pay attention to what you have to say.  When they do what […]

A Cure for the Fear of Your Writing Students

She tiptoes to the edge of the cliff, breathing heavily.  Her friends watch in horror, shaking with the thought that they’ll be next.  Then she reads, words coming haltingly at first, but rushing out in torrents by the time she finishes.  She looks at the red-haired instructor, expecting his disapproval…   Every writing workshop I […]

The Works of Unprofessional Masters…

  On June 26th, writers journeyed from across North America to Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas, to attend the first ever, No One Told Me How to Write Workshop.  They didn’t know it yet, but each one of them already possessed writing talent beyond their expectations.   Their short pieces stunned me with depth and […]

When Rhythm and Rhyme Murder Imagery…

I cringed as three women butchered what should have been a good story. They, along with a few hundred other people were celebrating Bolster Day, the legend of a cannibalistic giant defeated by the clever wits of a beautiful villager.  They had all the ingredients for gripping reading: terror, villainy, government ineptitude, a vulnerable heroine […]

Kick Writer’s Block In the Face!

Writer’s block lurks under every blank page, its monster teeth eager to sink themselves in your creativity.  You can defeat the monster.  It’s part trick and part confidence that you’ve done it before.  If you don’t have the confidence yet, I’ll give you the trick so you can punch that monster in the teeth every […]

HowtoWriteWorkshops.com Lives!

Problems with domains and servers.  Too many edits to count.  My programming skills are far from legendary, and I don’t possess huge wads of cash to throw at a website assassin.  My willpower struggled to make it.  But here I am.  Yay!   If you haven’t taken time to watch “The First Lesson” shot by […]