The Write Podcast, E38: Jeff Goins on How to Develop Real Writing Habits

The Write Podcast, Episode 38: Jeff Goins on How to Develop Real, Everyday Writing Habits

by | Aug 31, 2018 | The Write Podcast

Jeff Goins is a writing legend.

How, you might ask? Well, you can tell by one glance at his blog, which is full of compelling posts and aptly titled Goins, Writer. Or, you can have a conversation with him like I did, and see the obvious: writing is in his blood – he’s been writing since he was a kid, and has written for hundreds of publications. (He even wrote sad poetry and sappy songs with a band as a teenager.)

He’s also the best-selling author of five books for writers and creatives, including The Art of Work and Real Artists Don’t Starve. His books have made multiple bestseller lists, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and the Washington Post. He’s guest published for Business Insider, Fast Company, and The New York Observer, to name a few. On his blog, he shares practical advice on the writing life and creative work.

It was an incredible honor to have him on my show and record this brand new episode for you all!

For this episode of the podcast, I’m picking his brain and finding out how he does it all. In return, he hands out solid advice and tips for any writer, content writer, or marketer. Ready? You’ll enjoy this one – promise!

The Write Podcast, Episode 38: Jeff Goins on How to Develop Real, Everyday Writing Habits

The Write Podcast, E38: Jeff Goins on How to Develop Real, Everyday Writing Habits


  • 1:40 – Jeff’s Story. How Did He Get into Writing? Like many of us, Jeff channeled his teen angst into sad poems, which eventually morphed into songs he created with his high school band, Decaf. Also like many of us, Jeff has always been drawn to writing instinctually.
  • 4:45 – Jeff Shares His Productivity Secrets. Jeff publishes prolifically – along with 5 bestselling books, he puts out at least one article and one podcast per week. How does he stay on top of it all? One word: Commitment.
  • 9:45 – The Universal Writer “Process.” – Jeff doesn’t really like the concept of a writer’s “process.” Instead, he says we all have the same goal in the end: To move someone.
  • 12:00 – How to Reach Your Writing/Content Goals. How do you move people with your writing? Jeff explains why it’s a worthy goal, and how it relates to marketing.
  • 14:30 – What Does It Take to Move People? Jeff tells us how you reach the goal of moving people. First steps: Be emotional, be clear.
  • 15:10 – The Science of Writing. If the art of writing is moving people, the science of writing is how you get there. Jeff explains how he uses the “3-bucket system” to break down his writing tasks and eliminate blocks.
  • 16:22 – The 3-Bucket System. The system Jeff uses to stay organized in his creation process has three “buckets.” For example, bucket 1 is the idea bucket. It’s the ideation process, which is ongoing. Put all your writing ideas into this bucket.
  • 18:20 – How Do You Help Your Clients Understand the Writing Process? Jeff has news for you: You don’t. (I love this part!)
  • 22:10 – Jeff’s Advice for New Writers. Jeff shares a few nuggets of wisdom for anybody jumping into the professional writing waters for the first time.

Favorite Quotes to Tweet

“Typing is easy. Putting words on a page is easy. Writing is HARD.” @JeffGoins via @writepodcast Click To Tweet “With writing, I realized the only variable I had 100% control over was my own effort. The thing those 9 failed blogs all had in common? I quit all of them.” @JeffGoins via @writepodcast Click To Tweet “I think that's true of all creative work: If you can't first do it for yourself, don't bother doing it for somebody else.” @JeffGoins via @writepodcast Click To Tweet “I think ‘content’ is a very flaccid word. What does that mean, ‘content?’ It's writing, it's communication.” @JeffGoins via @writepodcast Click To Tweet “You can get somebody to take action, but before they will move, you will have to move them.” @JeffGoins via @writepodcast Click To Tweet “That's the art: I want to create something that somehow mysteriously connects with someone on the other side of the world.” @JeffGoins via @writepodcast Click To Tweet

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