Wasted years writing the wrong things

My writing was terrible because my voice was never my own

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Write about what you know and who you are

My career was right there in front of me and I denied it. You may be the next great fiction person, but only if that is your voice and what you want from your writing career. I wrote fiction because I thought I had to write fiction and writing about anything you have to force never ends well.

Write because you have something important to share with us

Your writing will be good, either as fiction or nonfiction, if what you share with us is important to you. Good writing is you sharing the best of who you are, and when you write about what is important to you in your life, the rest of us will benefit.

Write because only you can share what you see

The beauty of writing is capturing your own vision for the rest of us. You are unique, and the mistake I made was giving up my uniqueness to force myself to write like a hero from a generation long gone. What might make you successful as a writer is all around you.

A simple life dedicated to leaving the world a little better than I found it. Long career in the business of fitness, writer of books, speaker, personal coach.

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