A blog about writing, creative ideas, and making a difference in the world by Jeff Goins. I am a writer who helps other writers and creative individuals find their passion and share it with the world. I do this through my award-winning blog, books I wrote, speeches I deliver, and online courses I teach.
People often ask me how I work and I refuse to answer the question because it has absolutely no value at all. Almost every morning after dropping off my kid at school, I go to the same coffee shop, sit at the same table, drink the same cup of coffee, and write. It’s the same ritual, every day.
Are you stuck? Are you scared? Unsure of what to do with your life? Make more things.
Do you feel like everything you create is not very good and no one, including yourself, understands what you are trying to do? Make more things.
Do you remember when you started it, this thing you now call your craft? Do you remember when you did it because you loved it, because you couldn’t stop doing it? I don’t. But I’d like to remember. I’d love to go back to being an amateur, if I still can.
Is your work timely or timeless? That is, is it something that is relevant to your current place in history, or does it transcend the limitations of its context? You may be thinking that the goal of every artist is to do work that lasts, but this is a myth.
Has a really good story every moved you to feel or to act? That is the true art of storytelling. Someone who knows this well and has honed this art is Scott Harrison of charity: water. Scott got into storytelling when he moved to NYC at 18. Initially, he rebelled against his upbringing and moved […]
It was late that night as I sat on my friend Ian’s porch and poured out my heart. What I had to share, though, I hadn’t told anybody, and it had been eating me up inside for a few years now. It was time somebody knew.