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Monthly Archives: July 2014

How to Stay Inspired: 5 Steps for Writers

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Creative inspiration is magical when you have it and frustrating when you don’t. For anyone who has had writer’s block, who struggles with agent rejections, or who has thrown in the typewriter, here are some fresh perspectives on what creativity really means.

Writing is a passion that has many forms of expression. Invite the Muse to not only visit but to stay a while!

Here are 5 steps on how to stay inspired as writers:

1.  If the muse isn’t visiting, get out [...]

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5 Things Successful Women Do Differently (With a BONUS)

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Have you ever stared at an abstract painting? What you see could differ wildly from what others see but yet you all can find beauty in it.

There are many ways to look at our achievements as well.

Every woman has her own definition of success. But there are certain traits that most successful women share.

I spend a good part of my workday reading and writing about women who have achieved great things — and I make it a point to surround [...]

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6 Ways To Determine The Length Of Each Blog Post

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Years ago, author Stephen Strauss wrote a children’s book called “How Big Is Big?” The premise is that what’s big in one situation could be small in another.  A bumblebee is huge to an ant, but tiny to an elephant.  To put it simply, it’s all about perspective.

So, when it comes to your blogs, how long is long?  Well, that’s  also debatable. You may post a 200-word blog that’s worthy of 500 to 700 words.  Or there are some 600-word [...]

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I was just a teenager when the late Maya Angelou told me I was a girl with something to say. “I see it and someday the world will to,” she said.  In my jobs as an on-air radio personality, Senior Producer for a nationally syndicated radio show, motivational speaker, and author, it almost seems that she was prophetic. But it could also mean that her inspiring words set me on the right path for fulfilling my professional dreams.  As much [...]

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Building a Community Without a Blog: 5 Solid Tips

by Nikki Woods on Friday, July 25, 2014

You know I am a big fan of blogs!  Blogs are the quickest ways to grow your brand and establish yourself as an expert in your field.

But I know that some people just don’t want to write blogs.  I get it.

But with that said, content is still your strongest weapon. Seth Godin even went as far as saying that “content marketing is the only type of marketing left” and according to the Content Marketing Institute “nine in 10 organizations market [...]

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So You Want To Write a Novel: 5 Hilarious Steps

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Every real writer I know has already written at least three books before becoming an adult.  Whether written in crayon on construction paper and stapled together or typed up on a word processor, that driving desire is just what you need to eventually complete a novel and get it published.

Here’s something for all aspiring authors to remember: “If you’re talking about it, you’re not writing about it.”

So, let’s get to work.

You want to write a novel? Here are 5 hilarious [...]

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7 Nuggets of Inspiration For Super Successful People

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney

LinkedIn recently published a series featuring a wide range of things that can provide inspiration.

In the series titled “What Inspires Me,” LinkedIn Influencers shared what keeps them working, from a harsh rejection they received at the beginning of their career to the hard-working people they see every day in the office.

RELATED CONTENT: From Homeless to Billionaire: 4 Tips For Entrepreneurs

The people who didn’t believe in her

Naomi Simson, [...]

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Writing Your Manuscript: 5 Simple Tips

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The good news is  you’ve either decided to  self-publish your book or an established publisher has offered you a deal.  The not so good news is now you have to actually  battle the blinking cursor on your computer  screen and complete your manuscript.   Looming deadlines, fear of writer’s block,  and not  creating a productive schedule are hurdles that most writers must overcome.

By following these five simple tips you can finish your manuscript and begin reaching your goals as a published [...]

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12 Clichés All Writers Should Avoid

by Nikki Woods on Monday, July 21, 2014

A writer friend once told me that a piece of advice from writer/director Ron Howard was the best she ever heard. “Don’t be afraid of the cliché.”

He warned that the more you write, the more you try to tell different stories and search for original ideas and that’s good.  But you have to remember that everyone hasn’t read everything you’re “sick and tired” of.  If you don’t believe it, go to the movie with a teenager and watch how moved [...]

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9 Surprising Social Media Stats You Need To Know

by Nikki Woods on Friday, July 18, 2014

We love to make decisions and form strategies based on statistics. It’s why we A/B test and how we change directions on our social sharing.

Who doesn’t love a good statistic, especially one that has an actionable next step?

You’re likely to find a sea of statistics for social media—I know I’m amazed at how many are out there. My favorite finds are those that are just a bit surprising or unique or even counterintuitive.

I’ve saved some of the best social media [...]

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