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Become a Writer Today Bryan Collins

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Welcome to Become a Writer Today hosted by Bryan Collins from Ireland. Get practical advice about creativity, productivity, writing and lots more.

Need help writing? Visit becomeawritertoday.com/join and I'll send you a free course.

    3 Strategies for Becoming a More Efficient Writer

    3 Strategies for Becoming a More Efficient Writer

     Being able to earn money from your writing is an amazing feeling!

    I'm sure we all wish that earning an income as a writer was as simple as writing something, thousands of people seeing it, and then money is deposited into your bank account.

    Unfortunately, earning a good living as a writer online today isn't that simple.

    When you’re first starting out as a writer, everything is smooth sailing you can focus all of your energy just on writing.

    You’re having a great time, but you’re probably not earning as much as you wish you could.

    Once that frustration kicks in, you look for ways to turn your passion for the written word into a business.

    But once you start to make this transition, one difficult task presents itself in many different ways…

    Fear not:

    In this podcast episode, I cover 3 strategies that will help you become a more efficient writer.

    This is based on my new course The Efficient Writer.

    Join now




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    • 10 min
    How Newsletters Make Money for Writers with Hamish McKenzie of Substack

    How Newsletters Make Money for Writers with Hamish McKenzie of Substack

    The internet is a noisy place for writers. If you want to build a relationship with readers and earn more from your creative work, consider starting a newsletter. Substack is an example of a popular service that you can try.

    I recently interviewed co-founder and COO Hamish McKenzie. In this interview, he explains:


    Why newsletters are a great way of earning more money as w writer
    Why your first newsletter starts with an ideal reader
    How to build a relationship with readers and fans
    What it takes to grow a newsletter that people will pay for

    And lots more.

    I started by asking McKenzie to explain what Substack is and why he set it up in 2017.

    Resources:
    The Blank Page with Bryan Collins
    Substack
    The GaryVee Content Model
    1000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly

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    • 25 min
    My Annual Review 2019

    My Annual Review 2019

    January is one of my favourite times of the year. Much like a blank page, it's a fresh start rich with possibility.

    A key part of any new year involves putting the past to one side. The best way to do that is by writing an annual review, a practice I follow every year.

    In this annual review podcast and article, I'll explain what I did and wrote during 2019. I'll also cover what did and didn't work.

    Strap in.


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    • 22 min
    Unlocking Your Extraordinary Mind with Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley

    Unlocking Your Extraordinary Mind with Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley

    Malaysian-Indian entrepreneur Vishen Lakhiani is writing three books at once and is the founder of Mindvalley (Mindvalley.com), a personal development online education company.

    He's also the author of New York Times best-seller The Code of the Extraordinary Mind and is about to publish a new book The Buddha and the Badass.

    He explains:


    Why he's writing 3, yes 3, books at once
    How meditation helps him become more productive and creative
    Why typical approaches to setting goals don't work
    How he finds time for writing so many books and running a business with over 200 employees

    And lots more.

    I started by asking Vishen to describe why he set up Mindvalley in 2004.

    Resources:
    How to set writing goals
    6-Phase Meditation Quest?
    The Best Online Writing Courses


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    • 31 min
    How To Find More Time to Write by Becoming Indistractable with Nir Eyal

    How To Find More Time to Write by Becoming Indistractable with Nir Eyal

    168 hours.


    Every writer, no matter what stage they're at in their careers, gets the same amount of time each week to waste or spend.
    So how can you accomplish more with what you have?


    Nir Eyal is the author of Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. He's also an angel investor, productivity consultant, and former university lecturer.


    He explains:


    How time-boxing and constraints can help writers become more productive
    Why he spent five years writing Indistractable
    The problem with many popular productivity books today
    What his ideal writing routine looks like
    And lots more.


    I started by asking Nir to explain one of the core ideas in his book: time-boxing.


    Resources:
    Nir's scheduling tool Indistractable
    How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life


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    • 30 min
    The Fiction Formula And Self-Publishing Quickly with Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

    The Fiction Formula And Self-Publishing Quickly with Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

    Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant co-founded Sterling & Stone and the authors of a touchstone non-fiction book Write. Publish. Repeat. They've just released the follow up to that book The Fiction Formula and are co-hosts of the Story Studio podcast.

    In this interview, Johnny and Sean explain:


    Why they stopped creating courses and hosting in-person events for authors
    How they're going to publish 150 books in 2020 (yes, 150!)
    What it takes to generate thousands of dollars a month in revenue each month on Amazon
    Where new indie authors should start if they want to self-publish quickly
    How the Flywheel Effect (a concept from the business world) informs their creative process

    And lots more.

    I start by asking the pair why they decided to write a follow up to Write. Publish. Repeat.

    Resources

     The Fiction Formula

    Write. Publish. Repeat. The No Luck Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success

    The Flywheel Effect by Jim Collins

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    • 43 min

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