Self Help

The Bulletproof Secret to Doing Anything Better

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Try. Measure. Improve. Then repeat as needed.

Every writer I’ve ever talked to always wants to achieve more.

(Even Hugh Howey.)

We all want to reach more readers, sell more books, write better stories, and so on.

All of us, writers or not, want to do more and do it better. The question is, how?

I’m no guru, but I believe the secret to improving anything in life is to keep trying new things. And then – this is crucial, this is where most people drop the ball – actually measure your results.

Write them down. Compare. See if they’re working. If something isn’t giving you the results you want, drop it and move on.

Every day, you have a million choices and opportunities headed your way. You can’t embrace them all. Which ones will you take on?

Never give up. Just keep trying new things and measuring the results. If something works, do more of it. If something doesn’t work, stop doing it and move on.

That’s pretty broad advice, but it works. Try it today.

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Podcast: making The Leap to full-time writer

Listen to my interview on The Leap podcast, where we talk about making major life changes, being creative, conquering fear, and striving for the life you really want to live.

Here’s an excerpt:

THE LEAP: Laurence, what can you tell people about making the leap themselves? What should they look out for? What should they avoid?

LM: I would say the number one thing is to trust yourself. Have faith that you know what you need to do.

I would also say: go ahead and break some rules. Go outside the box. Do things that people think are not necessarily the way you should do them.

Do something a little bit crazy. But not so crazy that you expose yourself or others to great harm.

In other words, don’t go all in. Don’t say, ‘Oh, I’m going to write this book, or do whatever, and if this fails, I’m done.’

Go in knowing that you’re going to learn the skills that you may not have today. Don’t be afraid to fail.

Emphasize to yourself that you need to go and learn how to succeed. And then go out there and put massive effort into it.

And when you start having success, give something back. Start telling other people how to do it. Just like we’re doing on this podcast today.

It’s important to connect with other people who are trying to do the same things you’re trying to do, and be positive about it.

You can also listen to the interview on Soundcloud — click here. >

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How to Tell Good Inspiration from Bad

Yes. You.

Yes. You.

The other day, I was fielding questions about my upcoming novel when the topic of inspiration came up.

How do you know when you’re inspired by a really good idea?

And more important, how do you tell a good inspiration from a bad one?

I had to think long and hard about the answer to that. Because it’s not what you think.

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