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If you’d like to be the kind of writer readers love to read, the kind of writer readers come back to again and again, then learn these 16 rules on how to be a great compelling writer.

Keep learning new words.
Create a writing space that is quiet and allows you to think clearly.
Read a lot: different styles, different genres, different content.
Write about people. Never write about things alone.
Become a poet. Learn the rhythms, imagery, and word choice of poetry.

If you’d like to be the kind of writer readers love to read, the kind of writer readers come back to again and again, then learn these 16 rules on how to be a great compelling writer. #authors #writers
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Find the best path for you, no matter how hard, no matter how easy. Be true to your soul.
Make people cry, laugh, whistle, or gasp in surprise—or think.
Listen to your readers. Always.
See what everyone else is doing. But do what you love, what is in your heart and in your soul.
Believe in yourself.
Journal every day. Observe, listen, feel, question, write, sing!
Write the unusual. Say the weird.
Always use the right word. Don’t settle for something less.
Share your passion.
Tell stories. Write about people, their lives and their passions.
Write every day. Learn how you want to say things, how you want to speak.

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Snoopy reads a book: “Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof” — Some great writing there! The lady at the library said her dog loved it!

I love dogs! I love books!

Snoopy reads a book: “Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof” — Some great writing there! The lady at the library said her dog loved it! I love dogs! I love books! #doglove #booklove
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While speaking to a group, Sarah gave each of the participants a balloon. She asked everyone to write their names on the balloon they held. She then collected the balloons and put them into another room.

When she let the people into the other room, she asked them to find the balloon with their name written on it. And to do it within 5 minutes. Everyone set to work frantically looking for the balloon with their own name. They bumped into each other. Some even pushed others. There was much chaos in the room. At the end of 5 minutes, no one had found their own name.

Now, Sarah asked each person to collect a balloon at random and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

This is exactly what happens in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where to find it. But if you give others their happiness, you will uncover your own happiness. This is the truth of happiness.

Notice: This is how book marketing works. Give something of value to others and you will get value in return. As authors, we make others happy with our words and they, in turn, make us happy with their appreciation.

This is how book marketing works. Give something of value to others and you will get value in return. As authors, we make others happy with our words and they, in turn, make us happy with their appreciation.
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Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where to find it. But if you give others their happiness, you will uncover your own happiness. This is the truth of happiness.
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If you want to create a world you want to live in, if you want to sell more of the products and services you create, if you want to have many friends and partners, do these things …

Offer real value. In order to get someone to do something for you, there has to be an incentive or some type of reward. Yes, people will do things for you without an incentive, but you will get more value by offering true value to others.

Be optimistic. Laugh, smile, express confidence. People are drawn to others who appear resilient and hopeful.

Be optimistic. Laugh, smile, express confidence. People are drawn to others who appear resilient and hopeful.
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Share. Entertain others with jokes, stories, or insightful information. Be open and sharing. That’s why the most successful authors and speakers are those who know how to tell a good story.

Share. Entertain others with jokes, stories, or insightful information. Be open and sharing. That’s why the most successful authors and speakers are those who know how to tell a good story.
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Give advice freely. The more advice you share freely, the more trust people will have in you. In the internet marketing world, people will buy from those they know, love, and trust. And people know, love, and trust those whose advice they value.

Give advice freely. The more advice you share freely, the more trust people will have in you.  People know, love, and trust those whose advice they value.
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Establish your credentials. Let people know what you offer. If people feel you are in a position to help them, now or down the road, they are more apt to work with you.

Establish your credentials. Let people know what you offer. If people feel you are in a position to help them, now or down the road, they are more apt to work with you.
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Be honest. Give guidance like a waitress who suggests you order something else when what you ordered is not a good choice. Everyone will appreciate your honesty.

Be honest. Give guidance like a waitress who suggests you order something else when what you ordered is not a good choice. Everyone will appreciate your honesty.
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Be ethical and truthful. Always. People like to help others who seem like-minded and people like to do business with those they trust.

The first secret of success is very simple: Tell the truth. That is how you build relationships with potential customers. This first secret does not change, no matter how successful you become. You must always tell the truth.

Be ethical and truthful. Always. People like to help others who seem like-minded and people like to do business with those they trust.
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Ask. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from others. Ask for advice. Ask for joint promotions. Ask for interviews and reviews. And, of course, respond when others ask favors and advice from you.

Ask. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from others. Ask for advice. Ask for joint promotions. Ask for interviews and reviews. And, of course, respond when others ask favors and advice from you.
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Listen with your heart. Listen to what people say are their concerns and then react. Appeal to what seems to trigger a response in them. And never be afraid to reveal your heart, your passions, and your soul.

Listen with your heart. Listen to what people say are their concerns and then react. Appeal to what seems to trigger a response in them. And never be afraid to reveal your heart, your passions, and your soul.
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Be open. Get unstuck. Show a willingness to negotiate. Be willing to change.

Be open. Get unstuck. Show a willingness to negotiate. Be willing to change.
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Acknowledge concerns. Don’t come off as if you are right and they are wrong. Meet in the middle when you can. Create win-win situations where everyone has a chance to gain.

Acknowledge concerns. Don’t come off as if you are right and they are wrong. Meet in the middle when you can. Create win-win situations where everyone has a chance to gain.
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Never use threats. Threats, cover-ups, lies, and other improper or illegal means to persuade might work for a short time, but they will come back to haunt you.

Never use threats. Threats, cover-ups, lies, and other improper or illegal means to persuade might work for a short time, but they will come back to haunt you.
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Be fair. Act reasonably, fairly, and kindly even if you  believe you hold an advantage over someone. Always be kind.

Be fair. Act reasonably, fairly, and kindly even if you believe you hold an advantage over someone. Always be kind.
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Create relationships. All of marketing consists in creating relationships. Real relationships: friends, lovers, partners, warriors, fans.

Create relationships. All of marketing consists in creating relationships. Real relationships: friends, lovers, partners, warriors, fans.
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Be true to yourself. Do the promotions that match your heart, your mind, your service, and your soul.

Be true to yourself. Do the promotions that match your heart, your mind, your service, and your soul.
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Don’t sell yourself short. No one will value you. Set a fair price for you, your product, your services, whatever it is that you have to offer. Most of us set way too low a price. Sell your true value. Always.

Don’t sell yourself short. No one will value you. Set a fair price for you, your product, your services, whatever it is that you have to offer. Most of us set way too low a price. Sell your true value. Always.
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Do what is right, and the reward will be immediate and multitudinous. Think what is right, and your authority will grow.

Do what is right, and the reward will be immediate and multitudinous. Think what is right, and your authority will grow.
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Aim big. If your aim is small, the results will be small. If your aim is big, your results will be big. Very simple math. But absolutely accurate.

Aim big. If your aim is small, the results will be small. If your aim is big, your results will be big. Very simple math. But absolutely accurate.
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Stick around. There is an ancient hardcore rule of life: That what you put out into the world comes back to you multifold. The sad thing is that most people don’t understand this. So they don’t stick around. They give up.

There’s an ancient hardcore rule of life: That what you put out into the world comes back to you multifold. The sad thing is that most people don’t understand this. So they don’t stick around. They give up.
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A good person pays back favors. A smart one pays them forward. — Blue Bloods TV series

In last week’s episode of Blue Bloods, the police chief shared this wisdom from his grandfather. Either way, of course, you win: pay back favors or pay them forward. As noted in the quote, the smart person pays favors forwards.

Don’t wait for someone to do you a favor. Do favors for everyone you meet. Don’t worry about how many favors are paid back to you. You will have earned many paybacks without ever looking for them. Let them come to you without seeking them. It’s more fun that way. And more effective.

A good person pays back favors. A smart one pays them forward. — Blue Bloods TV series
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Don’t wait for someone to do you a favor. Do favors for everyone you meet. Don’t worry about how many favors are paid back to you. You will have earned many paybacks without ever looking for them.
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That’s Not My Job!

This is a story about four people named: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody‘s job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody would not do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Who are you? Everybody? Somebody? Anybody? Or Nobody?

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. Who are you? Everybody? Somebody? Anybody? Or Nobody?
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The following poem is adapted from a Holocaust poem by Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller. For his work and words, he was sentenced to a concentration camp before and during World War II.

Beware of any social media that starts to censor anyone, and I mean anyone. Eventually they will come for you. Guaranteed.

Beware of any social media that starts to censor anyone, and I mean anyone. Eventually they will come for you. Guaranteed.
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First they came for Alex Jones,
and I didn’t speak out because I didn’t like him.

Then they came for Paul Joseph Watson,
and again I didn’t speak out because I didn’t agree with him.

Then they came for Louis Farrakhan,
and again I didn’t speak out because he’s an anti-Semite.

Then they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

They they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Censors – Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.
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The only way you should aim your life and your goals is upwards! The only way is up!

Aim high. Don’t settle ever for less. Settle only for more and more and more.

The only way you should aim your life and your goals is upwards! The only way is up! Aim high. Don’t settle ever for less. Settle only for more and more and more. #goals
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If you’d like to be a bad writer, a boring writer, follow these 16 simple rules:

Never learn new words.

Always have the television on so you can’t hear yourself think.

Read as little as possible.

Write about things. Never write about people.

Remember that poetry is always boring, even if it comes from pop songs or jolly-roger pirate chants.

Take the easy path in life and writing.

If you’d like to be a bad writer, a boring writer, follow these 16 simple rules: Never learn new words. Always have the television on so you can’t hear yourself think. Read as little as possible….
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Stop making people cry, or laugh, or gasp in surprise—or think.

Never listen to your readers.

See what everyone else is doing. Then do that.

Refuse to believe in yourself.

16 rules to becoming a bad, boring writer: Stop making people cry or laugh or gasp in surprise—or think. Never listen to your readers. See what everyone else is doing. Do that. Refuse to believe in yourself….
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Blog about everything. Journal about nothing.

Don’t say anything weird or unusual.

If you can’t get the right word in the right spot, give up. Give up fast.

16 rules to becoming a bad, boring writer: Blog about everything. Journal about nothing. Don’t say anything weird or unusual. If you can’t get the right word in the right spot, give up. Give up fast….
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Never share your passion.

Use statistics always. Don’t ever tell stories.

Write only when you are inspired, when the feeling washes over you.

16 rules to becoming a bad, boring writer: Never share your passion. Use statistics always. Don’t ever tell stories. Write only when you are inspired, when the feeling washes over you….
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16 rules to becoming a boring writer: Write about things. Never write about people. Remember poetry is always boring, even if it comes from pop songs or pirate chants. Take the easy path in life and writing….
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All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one, you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places, and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer. — Ernest Hemingway, novelist

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one, you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you. — Ernest Hemingway
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The good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places, and how the weather was—If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer. — Ernest Hemingway
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