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Writing as Therapy

If we look back to writers like Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Sylvia Plath, they all left their souls on the page. They didn’t write because they needed money or because they wanted notoriety. They wrote because they had to.

When asked why they write, very few writers say anything more than “I do it because I need to tell a story.” This is especially true with nonfiction writers. Cheryl Strayed wrote Wild because it was another way for her to cope with the death of her mother. David Small wrote Stitches because he needed to understand his family and himself.

Writing isn’t just about entertaining or informing, it can also serve as therapy. Continue reading

How Editing Makes Your Writing Better

Write, write, write.

How many times have you been told that, to become a writer, you just have to write?

It’s true, of course. Your primary task as a writer is to put pen to paper, so to speak. Sit down and write, and that’s it. Write consistently, write every day. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 500 words a day, or 800, or 1,000; the important thing is to sit down and firm up your ideas by putting them down to paper (or Word file).

Once you’re done writing, once you have written the final word and are satisfied that nothing else follows, you can heave a sigh of relief that your book is finally finished. It’s out of your head and ready for everyone to see and read.

Do you then consider your job done, and send  the manuscript off to your publisher?

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How to Pick Someone’s Brain Without Looking Like an Ask-hole

Picking someone’s brain.

We’ve all asked this of someone before or, at the very least, considered it.

Whether you’re venturing into uncharted territory and looking for guidance, or seeking validation on your current business model, there’s always that one industry leader’s opinion you would kill for.

You want to reach out to them, but you don’t want to be one of those ask-holes (get it? I’m witty!) who comes screaming out of the woodwork demanding their time and attention.

The people we look up to most also tend to be the busiest. They have commitments and their own businesses to run. While they are often more than happy to mentor the less experienced, there is an etiquette to follow. Continue reading

Jesse Lawler

Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #32 With Jesse Lawler

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Jesse Lawler is a self-experimental, jack of all trades.  He is a location independent entrepreneur who runs an entire software developing company from his offices in Los Angeles and Saigon. Jesse worked for years at the Hollywood Grind as a screenwriter and producer on a half dozen movies. He spends much of his spare time writing and hosting a podcast over on his passion project site, Smart Drug Smarts. Jesse has built a fiercely engaged fan base of bio-hackers and personal optimization themes.

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