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Why Writers Should Learn From the Masters and Take Inspiration From Them

Are writers born to write? It might be true that some have that sparkle of natural raw talent and appear to be a little more articulate or tuned in than others, at the start. 

Some might say they’re “quick learners.” Is it genetics? Quite possible.

If you’re one of the slower ones (like I was), don’t be disheartened; both slower and faster learners will end up in the same place so long as they receive the right education, direction, hard work, and mentorship—and that’s in a position of achievement and triumph.

It’s not a race to see who gets there first. The objective is to get there in the end.

There’s a learning process involved before any writer can achieve any degree of success, not only in writing, but in regard to pretty much anything. 

Replicating the masters is a great way of teaching yourself and achieving success. 

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Tucker Max

Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #54 With Tucker Max

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Tucker Max is a New York Times best-selling author, producer and screenwriter, entrepreneur and publisher, and occasional blogger. His first book, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, not only hit No. 1 on the Times list, but was also made into a major motion picture; it, and Max himself, are also credited with founding the modern literary genre known as “fratire.” 

But in 2012, Max retired publicly from telling tales of drunken debauchery, in his book Hilarity Ensues. Since then, he has gone on to found the wildly successful publishing company Scribe Writing (formerly Book in a Box)—which helps entrepreneurs and authors write, self-publish, and market their own best-sellers (their tagline is brilliantly “we turn ideas into books”)—and ghostwrite Tiffany Haddish’s best-selling memoir The Last Black Unicorn. 

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Writers' Rough Drafts Season 4

The 4 Biggest Takeaways from Season 4 of Writers’ Rough Drafts

Season 5 of Writers’ Rough Drafts is right around the corner (coming Tuesday, September 3rd), and we can’t wait to share more exciting conversations with writers, entrepreneurs, and creatives from so many different industries. 

But before we dive into our next round of guests, we wanted to look back at Season 4 and revisit the biggest takeaways of the season. 

Whether it was breaking down the mysteries of how to write a book or sharing why you need to get feedback from people you trust, all of our guests had invaluable words of advice for aspiring professional writers and entrepreneurs that can directly apply to their lives. 

Here are some of the most common themes that popped up throughout Season 4.

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How To Set Writing Challenges to Boost Productivity

When you write for yourself, it is tempting to overlook falling short of your goals. You don’t risk being chewed out by a supervisor or letting down a team, and no one has to know you haven’t produced as much content as you were planning.

The flexibility that comes from being your own boss is freeing and might be a major reason why you chose this path to begin with. But if you take too much advantage of this freedom, you will begin to suffer from a lack of production, leading to a lack of income—which, ironically, restricts your freedom.

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