Self Help

3 Ways to Be More Organized

3 Ways to Be More OrganizedA reporter recently interviewed me about how to be more organized. Which I secretly found funny, because I don’t feel particularly organized. At all. And yet people frequently tell me that I am the most organized person they know.

Pfft. Obviously, they don’t know the real me, right? Just because I color-code my file folders, divide my work into 30-minute increments, and constantly update the lists I keep of my other lists . . .

You know what? Maybe I am more organized than I think.

Anyway, here are my top three tips: Continue reading

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How to Use Rejection to Grow Stronger

No - rejection

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This is a true story.

Not long ago, an aspiring writer reached out to me for advice on how to deal with the worst kind of rejection.

Delia (not her real name) had decided once and for all to finally write that book she’d been dreaming about for years.

And she did it – she finished the book, which by the way most people don’t. Continue reading

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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?

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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.

Listen to the interview 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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