You’re never going to figure it all out.
Because as soon as you figure one thing out, you’ll discover there’s a new thing you want to figure out.
This shouldn’t depress you — it should free you.
Because once you understand there’s no end to the game, you can relax and just enjoy playing it.
Now, on to this week’s ideas…
1. How To Write A Powerful First Sentence
“The job of your first sentence is to get people to read your next sentence.”
This one will help you with everything you write for the rest of your life.
In this post I share how to write a powerful first sentence including ways to open loops in a reader’s mind, mention what your audience wants, and set expectations in every article, email, or presentation you write.
Related: How I write clearly.
2. How To Use LinkedIn Creator Mode
“Think of your about section as a website.”
LinkedIn recently introduced a new “Creator Mode” for profiles and this is a quick crash course on how to use it and get the most out of it.
In a six-minute video, Judi Fox breaks down how to use LinkedIn Creator Mode including ways to optimize the featured, activity, and about sections of your profile (which can also be applied to your LinkedIn profile even if you don’t use Creator Mode).
Related: Connect with me on LinkedIn.
3. 31 Tips For Professional Writers
“Figure out how to separate the art from the business.”
Whether you’re a professional writer or aspire to be one, you’ll find this a useful resource.
Lincoln Michel shares 31 tips for professional writers including advice on platform building, freelancing, taxes, agents, submissions, and career building.
Btw, I found this link in the Draft Mode newsletter.
Related: 40 one-sentence writing tips.
4. How To Stop Being A People Pleaser
“Every person here that’s not 100% happy including myself is not doing something because of judgment of somebody else.”
This one’s about much more than just what it takes to be a successful creator — it’s about what it takes to lead the life you want.
In a 12-minute video, Gary Vaynerchuk explains how to stop being a people pleaser and how to overcome your fear of being judged by everyone from your parents, to your peers, to anonymous commenters on social media.
5. How To Create A Newsletter People Will Pay For
“If free posts are the main concert, think of paid posts as the backstage pass.”
You’re about to learn what the team at Substack believes is the key to growing a successful newsletter.
Bailey Richardson, Substack’s Head of Community, shares how to create a newsletter people will pay for including advice about how to identify your ideal audience, differentiate your writing, and figure out which of your work to release for free and which to put behind a paywall.
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My Final Words Of The Week
I’ve been dabbling with Instagram lately.
If you’d like to see what I’m up to, you can check out my Instagram account here.
I look forward to checking out yours as well.
Have a great week!
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