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“MÁTALOS Y DESPUÉS VIRIGUAS”. Salvador Flores LLamas

“MÁTALOS Y DESPUÉS VIRIGUAS”. Salvador Flores LLamas.

Weekend Edition: More than a Story, Pressure, Superheroes Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

Live to Write - Write to Live

What if writing is about more than the story?

heart book pagesEarlier this week I published a post called Your Author Brand Needs to Answer One Question. Though the title might make it sound like a piece that’s very focused on the marketing side of your writing life, it’s actually about something much more personal than that. Thinking about it now, perhaps making your marketing personal is the point.

In the post, I write about the importance of really knowing your audience – not just demographics, but psychographics. It’s infinitely more important to know what makes a reader tick from the inside out than it is to know how old she is, where she lives, or what her household income is. I also wrote about the importance of writing for yourself first and then letting what you write guide you to your “tribe,” as Seth Godin calls the group of people…

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Worthy of attention

Live to Write - Write to Live

broken heartYears ago, I read an essay about how a person would make a point of always complimenting each dog to its owner as they passed by.

“What a good dog you have.”
“Such a handsome fellow.”

They did this because after doing so, the owner would often reach down and pat the dog. It was a way to give the dog some love from a stranger.

To this day, I always compliment people on their dogs and yup, those dogs get a little more attention.

Everyone likes to feel that they have something that’s worthy of attention.

Eventually I figured out that if this worked for dogs, it would probably work for other things. There’s not a baby out there that I won’t say to the parents – how strong she looks, what beautiful eyes he has, or simply what a clever looking child you have there.

The parents smile…

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HASTA SE LE ERIZARON LOS BIGOTES. Salvador Flores Llamas

HASTA SE LE ERIZARON LOS BIGOTES. Salvador Flores Llamas.