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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Want To Be Seen As An Expert? Two Reasons To Write a Book.

by Nikki Woods on Friday, November 28, 2014

In business today, entrepreneurs have the best chance for success if they either create a new niche in an existing, large industry or carve out a new niche altogether. Either way, it is a daunting task.

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The client, today, is far more stretched for capital than ever before, and, because of this, they are spending more time than ever doing research on you. With the drastically reduced costs of publishing and production costs, [...]

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4 Ways To Be Thankful In Your Business

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, November 27, 2014

The holidays! The turkey dinners, family and friends, and what we’re thankful for – That’s what it’s all about. But I bet you didn’t know that research has actually shown that being thankful is GOOD for you.

Consistently showing gratitude actually decreases health problems and increases levels of energy, enthusiasm, and more importantly, productivity.

So why don’t people show gratitude more often? Taking that a step farther, why don’t BUSINESSES show gratitude? The same benefits apply for them too! And today, I’m [...]

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I once knew someone who enjoyed running 3 miles per day.  But it didn’t start out that way.  In fact, in the beginning, the only way she could make it one mile was to give herself much smaller goals along the way.   She would run to the corner, then make her next  milestone the a house with a fence six doors down. When she reached that house, she’d shoot for the next corner.

For some people, the idea of writing a [...]

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The 4 Pet Peeves of Freelancers (and How to Tackle Them)

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pet peeves…we’ve all got them.

Some are just pesky annoyances like using words like conversate instead converse but some pet peeves have more to do with work. They can be harder to deal with because they affect our livelihoods.

Freelance pet peeves  fall under this category.  Because unlike other careers, where often the things that annoy you are a matter of preference, almost all self-employed people are enraged by the same phrases.

RELATED CONTENT: 10 Words To Eliminate From Your Writing

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5 Things Writers Should Stop Doing … NOW!

by Nikki Woods on Monday, November 24, 2014

Often when I write a blog, it’s because I wish someone had shared the same information at some point along my journey.

But then somewhere along the way, I realize I still need a lot of the blogs that I write.

They are educational and therapeutic, not for you necessarily – but for me.

RELATED CONTENT: 27 Top Secrets of Bestselling Authors (Part One)

That is, then, how you should read this: me, yelling at me. If you take away something from it, though?

Then [...]

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10 Words To Eliminate From Your Writing

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, November 20, 2014

*This was originally posted on PR Daily.

As Mark Twain famously wrote, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” His point? Strong writing is lean writing.

RELATED CONTENT: 27 Top Secrets of Bestselling Authors (Part One)

When you want to make your writing more powerful, eliminate words you don’t need–such as the 10 included in this post:

1. Just: The word “just” is a filler word that weakens your writing. Removing it rarely affects meaning, but [...]

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9 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes {with a BONUS}

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Have you ever read a scene in a  book that was written so well it stayed with you?

When I was teenager  I read the book “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.”  There was a scene when the heroine, a young girl named Francie, after making mudpies with with her best friend has to go to doctor to get school vaccinations.  Francie overhears the doctor and the nurse saying she was poor and dirty and even questioning intelligence based on her messy [...]

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27 Top Secrets of Bestselling Authors (Part One)

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What writer doesn’t dream of reaching bestseller-status?.

Bestsellers are not just about fame and money; in fact, writing a bestseller guarantees neither. They are about having an impact on society.

There are a lot of great advantages in topping the literary charts and that’s why I feel it’s so important to break down the process to understand the formula behind becoming a bestselling author.

The title of a bestselling author -which stays with you forever – just like being an Oscar winner – [...]

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25 Writing Prompts to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

by Nikki Woods on Monday, November 17, 2014

Don’t you just hate writer’s block? Some say it’s a disease that only creative workers succumb to. Some say it’s a curse. Others argue that it doesn’t exist at all. But just about everyone has been there–sitting in front of a blank screen, fingers itching to create a masterpiece. And nothing happens.

For me, the most bizarre thing about writer’s block is that it strikes randomly. Most of the time, I’m overwhelmed with more ideas than I can possibly write about. [...]

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Entrepreneurship and 6 Scary Truths

by Nikki Woods on Friday, November 14, 2014

If you’re a fan of getting scared out of our wits you might enjoy the Zombie craze .  From the Night of the Living Dead movies to the Walking dead TV series, if that’s what you’re looking for it’s easy to find.

Personally, I don’t like to go looking for scary stuff, unless there’s a good lesson that can be learned from it.

RELATED CONTENT: 5 Characteristics Of A Heart Based Entrepreneur

For some people, nothing is more frightening than the thought of [...]

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