Blog Category: Writing

The Great Reset Part 2: The Spoke-and-Wheel Model

Editor’s note: This article began as 19 pages. So instead of sending it to you all at once, I broke it up into a series. Check out Part 1: Should We Care…

Editor’s note: This article began as 19 pages. So instead of sending it to you all at once, I broke it up into a series. Check out Part 1: Should We Care About the Economy? And stay tuned for more on this topic tomorrow. In each newsletter I will offer some ideas and step-by-step suggestions […]

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How to Bleed in the First Line

Because I grew up ugly, I was always insecure about first impressions. “Ugly” was my boot camp for bleeding as fast as possible. Vulnerability buys freedom. Freedom to look how I want,…

Because I grew up ugly, I was always insecure about first impressions. “Ugly” was my boot camp for bleeding as fast as possible. Vulnerability buys freedom. Freedom to look how I want, to say what I want, to do what I want. I like to study first lines. They have to be powerful: a few […]

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The One-Day Book Challenge: CORONAVIRUS!

This is doable and there will be demand. A no-B.S. book that will help people and spread rational thought in an irrational media environment. A lot of this info can be gained…

This is doable and there will be demand. A no-B.S. book that will help people and spread rational thought in an irrational media environment. A lot of this info can be gained from smart Googling. THE  ULTIMATE CORONAVIRUS BOOK: WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS? Where did it start? Where did it continue to spread? How does […]

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Sample Idea List: 10 Possible First Sentences for a Work of Fiction

I write 10 ideas a day to exercise my “idea muscle.” The idea of the “10 ideas” exercise is not to produce good or bad ideas but just to exercise the creativity…

I write 10 ideas a day to exercise my “idea muscle.” The idea of the “10 ideas” exercise is not to produce good or bad ideas but just to exercise the creativity muscle. To become an idea machine. They don’t have to be business ideas. Or actionable ideas. It’s just exercise. It’s just to get […]

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I Plagiarized and You Can, Too!

I plagiarized. I stole from another text, word for word, and I did not give credit. The article I wrote was shared everywhere and got millions of page views. I did this…

I plagiarized. I stole from another text, word for word, and I did not give credit. The article I wrote was shared everywhere and got millions of page views. I did this several times. Many times. I still do it. Nobody notices. I was writing for TechCrunch, a blog about entrepreneurship. I wrote about the […]

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Altucher’s Book Club: How to Live to the Age of 200

When you land in Dallas, they hand out conspiracy theories at the airport. JFK was shot in the throat. Then shot in the head. But who did it? On the Uber from…

When you land in Dallas, they hand out conspiracy theories at the airport. JFK was shot in the throat. Then shot in the head. But who did it? On the Uber from the airport, the Uber driver told us, “JFK switched his route at the last minute so THEY called ahead to see if anyone […]

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How to Write 12 Books This Year

Maria had a crush on Mark. But Mark was going out with Jen. And I had a crush on Maria but I thought I was too worthless for her. Mark wanted to…

Maria had a crush on Mark. But Mark was going out with Jen. And I had a crush on Maria but I thought I was too worthless for her. Mark wanted to be a writer. He read James Joyce and could quote Thomas Pynchon. He had a beard. He wanted to write “The Great American […]

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