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Many rules of writing

Habits of Successful People: Start Before You Feel Ready. In 1966, a dyslexic sixteen-year-old boy dropped out of school.

Habits of Successful People: Start Before You Feel Ready

With the help of a friend, he started a magazine for students and made money by selling advertisements to local businesses. With only a little bit of money to get started, he ran the operation out of the crypt inside a local church. Four years later, he was looking for ways to grow his small magazine and started selling mail order records to the students who bought the magazine.

The records sold well enough that he built his first record store the next year. After two years of selling records, he decided to open his own record label and recording studio. He rented the recording studio out to local artists, including one named Mike Oldfield. Over the next decade, the young boy grew his record label by adding bands like the Sex Pistols, Culture Club, and the Rolling Stones.

How I Met Sir Richard Branson Two weeks ago, I walked into a conference room in Moscow, Russia and sat down ten feet from Branson. Start Now. The "Chosen Ones" Choose Themselves. In 1994, a young woman asked for an order of restraint against her husband and filed for divorce.

The "Chosen Ones" Choose Themselves

With no job and little money to live on, she signed up for welfare benefits so that she could afford to care for her baby daughter. The woman’s mother had died a few years prior. She had a rocky relationship with her father and they hadn’t spoken in years. And now, as a single parent with a failed marriage and without a job, she was battling depression and on the verge of suicide. Years later, she would refer to herself as “the biggest failure I knew.” However, during the five years that followed her divorce, this woman would battle through fear and depression and go from living on welfare to becoming a multi-millionaire.

The woman’s name was Joanne, but the world would come to know her as J.K. The Rise of J.K. J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement. 10 Books to Help You Become a Better Writer. Some kids want to be soccer players.

10 Books to Help You Become a Better Writer

Some want to be ballerinas. In this day and age, it’s a pretty common kid-bition to make it as a reality TV star. Whatever the case, in whatever decade we grow up, someone’s going to ask us what we want to be. Back when I was much shorter and younger, my answer to this question was always the same: I want to be a writer.

Flash forward to 2016: I’m lucky in that I actually get to do the thing I always wanted to, in some capacity, every single day. If you belong to that crowd (or even if you’re a pro and don’t!) 1. This book, written by a former McKinsey & Co. consultant, has been a worldwide bestseller for nearly 40 years—and there’s good reason, too. If you prepare documents, presentations, or written communications, this read will teach you how to logically structure them all, problem solve with words in crystal clear ways, and make your message more persuasive.

It takes just 15 minutes to learn the Pyramid Principle over on Blinkist. Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2015. We’re delighted to announce the winners of our 9th annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers Competition!

Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2015

It’s exciting to see such an array of excellent blogs for writers. Make sure you visit all the ten blogs to get to know the new top crop of writing blogs. How were the winners selected? Initial qualification: A site must have been nominated more than once by multiple individuals. If someone nominated more than one blog, only the first nomination was counted. Goins, Writer The blogger behind this blog is Jeff Goins. Positive Writer Bryan Hutchinson has created a dynamic blog with a positive vibe and has built a substantial readership in a relatively short time.

Tara Lazar: Writing for Kids Children’s fiction author Tara Lazar has turned her blog into a lively resource for picture book writers. Helping Writers Become Authors Katie Weiland’s blog is a great place for fiction writers. The Write Practice Live Write Thrive This blog by C S Lakin is a haven for writers of fiction. Terrible Minds The Write Life.