How to Fix Writer’s Block

If you have a nagging case of writer’s block there are several things you might do. Most writers have one or two methods that have helped them in the past.

Sometimes they don’t work. Here are a few thoughts from famous writers about that soulless malady.

— Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Maya

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’”

-Ray Bradbury-

famous writer Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury

The author of ‘The Martian Chronicles. “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”

“You fail only if you stop writing.” “Don’t talk about it; write.”

-Mark Twain

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Mark Twain Painting

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

Not exactly about writer’s block, but use it and the block should be gone anyway. -Nafasia

-Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway
Papa Hemingway

Hemingway had a unique take on writer’s block. He felt it was caused by writing to long.

“The main thing is to know when to stop. Don’t wait till you’ve written yourself out. When you’re still going good and you come to an interesting place and you know what’s going to happen next, that’s the time to stop.”

 

-John Steinbeck

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Steinbeck

“Pretend that you’re writing not to your editor or to an audience or to a readership, but to someone close, like your sister, or your mother, or someone that you like.”

-Barbara Kingsolver

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Kingsolver

“I learned to produce whether I wanted to or not. It would be easy to say oh, I have writer’s block, oh, I have to wait for my muse. I don’t. Chain that muse to your desk and get the job done.”

 

-Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman

“Put it [your writing] aside for a few days, or longer, do other things, try not to think about it. Then sit down and read it (printouts are best I find, but that’s just me) as if you’ve never seen it before. Start at the beginning. Scribble on the manuscript as you go if you see anything you want to change. And often, when you get to the end you’ll be both enthusiastic about it and know what the next few words are. And you do it all one word at a time

Before these videos take a peek at this extra bit on writer’s block; Charles Bukowski

-J.K. Rowling on writer’s block

The Very Best of the Best Lists For Writers Blog Sites

The Best Creative Writers Blog Sites From the Writers’ Academy

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Penguin Random House Logo
  1. Grammarly= a very popular writing blog site most of us have heard about. Grammarly’s editor is quite popular. It’s writing software that works in your browser.
  2. Copyblogger=  Ethical marketing in an age of ‘creeps’
  3. The Creative Penn=  Joanna Penn writes the content and there are a ton of resources there for writers. Writing, self-publishing, marketing, entrepreneur help. It’s all there.
  4. Goins, Writer= Author Jeff Goins has many resources for writers here including podcasts, writing instruction, advice, and guides.
  5. Terrible Minds=  Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. NSFW language is in his articles so you have been warned.
  6. Jane Friedman= Jane shows up on many lists because she is very good at what she does. She brings a lot of value to her blogs for writers.
  7. Daily Writing Tips=  is just what it seems. Writing tips to help improve your work.
  8. Helping Writers Become Authors= M. Weiland is a fighter, writer, and a child of God. She offers to mentor authors along with some writing software.
  9. The Writers Academy= from Penguin Random House, it offers online creative writing courses.
  10. The Write Life=  We go to the Write Life often here at WritingShortStories.net because there are useful articles and tips to be found.

Here is the best list of twitter tweets for writers: It comes to us from  author Jane Friedman

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Jane Friedman
  1. John Kremer’s ‘People Worth Following’ https://twitter.com/JohnKremer/lists/people-worth-following
  2. Here is Joel Friedlander’s ‘Self-Publishing’ public list of resources= https://twitter.com/JFbookman/lists/self-publishing
  3. The best list of ‘Best Book Review Feeds’ by GalleyCat= https://twitter.com/GalleyCat/lists/best-book-review-feeds
  4. Best Writing Advice Feeds by GalleyCat= https://twitter.com/GalleyCat/lists/best-writing-advice-feeds
  5. Best Author Twitter Feeds by GalleyCat= https://twitter.com/GalleyCat/lists/best-author-twitter-feeds
  6. Best Book Publicity Feeds by GalleyCat= https://twitter.com/GalleyCat/lists/best-book-publicity-feeds
  7. Digital Publishing Feeds by GalleyCat= https://twitter.com/GalleyCat/lists/digital-publishing-feeds
  8. Writing Faves by Julie Isaac, Author= https://twitter.com/WritingSpirit/lists/writing-faves
  9. Best writing Tips by Rachel Jameson= https://twitter.com/RachelJameson/lists/writing-tips
  10. Best Book Promos by Melissa Foster= https://twitter.com/Melissa_Foster/lists/book-promos
  11. The best list of well-known B2B Copywriting gurus by Micheal A. Stelzner= https://twitter.com/Mike_Stelzner/lists/copywritinggurus
  12. Best public list of Writers resources by Nick Thacker= https://twitter.com/NickThacker/lists/writers
  13. Best public list of Digital and Social Media by Courtenay Bird https://twitter.com/courtenaybird/lists/digital-and-social-media
  14. Best public list of writing associations by The Write Life https://twitter.com/thewritelife/lists/writing-associations

The 15 ‘Best’ List of Writing Platforms Comes From The Next Web

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The Next Web
  1. WordPress=there is: [WordPress.com and WordPress.org] 19% of the internet is powered by WordPress.
  2. Blogger= http://blogger.com/ is very easy to start a blog but has several limitations
  3. Tumbler= http://tumblr.com/ first big one to combine blogging and social media
  4. Medium= http://medium.com/ This is a wonderful new addition to writers in general.
  5. Svbtle= http://svbtle.com/ From Dustin Curtis gives a slick user experience
  6. Quora= http://quora.com/ it is a popular question and answer site, but they added blogs in 2012
  7. io= http://postach.io/ Uses Evernote to tie into a blog option.
  8. Google+= http://plus.google.com/  blog-like content, but it also very visual lately
  9. Facebook Notes= http://facebook.com/notes the notes feature is basically a blog platform.
  10. SETT= http://sett.com/ community focused blogging platform
  11. Ghost= http://tryghost.org/ open-sourced blogging platform
  12. Squarespace= http://squarespace.com/ is popular with business users.
  13. Typepad= http://typepad.com/ a blogging old-timer.
  14. Posthaven= http://posthaven.com/ after the shutdown of Posterous, Posthaven arose owned by Twitter
  15. Linkedin= http://linkedin.com/today/influencers The top business social networking service for influencers

The 11 Best Link Building and SEO Blogs to Follow From Content Mart 

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Content Mart Logo
  1. https://twitter.com/hugoguzman An American in Miami
  2. http://wiep.net/ Content Marketing: It’s all about targeting. Wiep Knol is a creative link marketing consultant.
  3. https://www.wordstream.com/wordtracker WordStream is for driving more tragic to your site.
  4. http://www.verticalmeasures.com/ Vertical Measures helps clients build their own audience then leverage it for revenue growth.
  5. https://www.neurosciencemarketing.com/blog/home Neuromarketing by Roger Dooley-
  6. https://linkbuilder.io/ We build white hat links for ambitious brands and agencies.
  7. https://alliance-link.com/ Alliance-Link by Debra Mastaler- Custom Link Building.
  8. http://www.seerinteractive.com/ Hannah, part of the SEO team at Seer interactive.
  9. https://www.buzzfeed.com/?country=in is a place to go for SEO content writing and link baiting services.
  10. https://moz.com/ link building
  11. http://www.linkbuildingschool.com/ education on all aspects of link building.

The 10 Best Blogs for Indie Authors Brought to us by Social Media Just For Writers 

You may notice the picture says 15 but we have only included 10 in this list for convenience.

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Social Media Just For Writers
  1. https://www.thebookdesigner.com/ It’s Joel Friedlander’s blog. Great for self-publishers.
  2. https://janefriedman.com/ Rich content and posts often.
  3. http://www.thecreativepenn.com/blog/ Joanna Penn’s podcast text and blog.
  4. http://writerunboxed.com/ The Writer Unboxed is a number of authors that write including Jane Friedman, Porter Anderson, and many others intended for indie authors.
  5. http://annerallen.com/ Anne R. Allen the snarky entertaining writer focused on indie authors.
  6. https://www.bookworks.com/blog/ Bookworks is a group of writers including Joel Friedlander, Penny Sansevieri, Carla King, Helen Sedwick all adding fresh content often.
  7. https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/ the alliance of independent authors is a blog delivering information that writers need to succeed.
  8. http://www.digitalpubbing.com/ Writer Sabrina Ricci is behind this well-written blog for indie authors.
  9. https://www.amarketingexpert.com/blog/ The Author Marketing Experts Penny Sansevieri, president of the company and author of the blog designed to inform the indie author.
  10. http://www.livewritethrive.com/ Live Write Thrive’s Susan Lakin informs us about fiction or the business of writing

 

We know many great sites have been left off this long series of lists

The best writers blog sites

Each of the lists was put together by the names listed within the titles of each section. We will be happy to consider any changes you wish to make to the lists if you can give us the justification.

If any of these create difficulties for you let us know. We will be happy to add to the lists. However, things such as broken links or services no longer offered should be reported to us.

It will be a great service to your writing community to keep the list in good shape. Just leave a comment below and thank you. Our service was to list this combination of lists in one place.

Our main goal at WritingShortStories is to empower writers to make the living they need to be free to create all they want. We hope this list of lists will help with that goal.

Learn How to Sell Your Books Fast With Pinterest

What is the value of using Pinterest as an author?

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Free advertising. How do we beat that? Can you put a price on building your reader base?

Lorna Sixsmith from www.writeontrack.ie has given us a valuable and well-written article about the things writers can do with Pinterest. She didn’t just tell us what, she showed us how. Read her article, you will learn how to sell your books on Pinterest.

We can sell our work on Pinterest. I believe her. I’m promoting some of my newly published shorts from medium.com. It doesn’t take long to learn how to do this.

What can you do on Pinterest as an author?

Promoting your book for free is very attractive to me. I’m not a new writer, but I am new to publishing my work so there is no marketing budget.

I love using Pinterest for this. The timing of Pinterest becoming such a phenomenon is great for us. Let’s take full advantage of this amazing opportunity to sell our work. You can use a free tool called Canva (there may be others) to upload a picture of your book and put the link in that picture where it can be purchased.

After you have developed a following on Pinterest the power of the pin will become evident.

You put things on your business account, which is free by the way on Pinterest, that your readers will want to see. You’ll gain new readers to market to as well. You can use Pinterest as a writing prompt of sorts. Peruse the boards relevant to your preferred genre and you may gain the inspiration you seek.

Some writers love to tease their fans, so tease them with snippets of your story in the description section of the pin you post to Pinterest.

Show your Pinterest fans who you are on your profile

Show them the books you like to read. Not just what you have to sell. Form reading group boards to see what they like to read also. Never hurts to know your audience. Even when you don’t have a book to promote you should spend a little time posting relevant content on your Pinterest account to keep your followers interested.

Yes Ok, but is it time-consuming? I need to write.

With tools like Canva mentioned above to make the pins and a utility app called “Tailwind

Tailwind will pin them for you on the schedule you tell it to. You don’t have to spend more than a few moments a day to manage your Pinterest marketing with these tools.

Here is a short video explaining how Pinterest works to sell things. For a more detailed understanding of Pinterest with full explanations of the pins go see this video.

How to write a Great story

How Many Stories Do You Have Saved Up?

You probably have written a few stories if you are reading this article. Do you feel good about them? Have you submitted any of them? Have you fully edited them?

I have a confession to make: I have hundreds of stories that are in various stages of editing and I have only ever submitted three short stories. They were all well received but only one was published.

 

I’m studying these guides online to see how I can break through my laziness and do the rewrites and general editing. I do want to fill the holes and finish them. I’m trying.

I open up one most days and piddle with it. I am easily distracted by all the fuss over making a living online these days.

Wouldn’t it Be Cool If We Could Make a Living Online?

I know, I’m getting sidetracked again but what if we could make a living online using our writing? Getting to write about our favorite things seems to be what they all say to do. Find your niche they say. That sounds like we get to write about what we want to. Our passion.

For me, it is the short story. I have written three novel-length stories and two novellas. But I have a treasure trove of 700 plus short stories.

Do you begin with a title, or maybe the basic plot?

I have a few ways I begin a story, but generally, I begin with the main character and think of either a scene to put them in or an adventure to send them on. I am currently working on a story about a teenage boy who washes up on an island populated by 4000 amazon women who have never seen a male. You know the story about that darn island surely.

Zeus put an invisible barrier around it so the island would never be discovered. But here is this boy. How did he get there? Will the Amazon women kill him as Zeus ordered? It would be a short story for sure if they did.

He is discovered by an Amazon Warrior Princess of course. She hides him from the Amazons. Sound like a story you might want to read?

One of my big reasons for loving the short story is that I get to find out what happens much quicker. I think my stories move fast through action and dialogue. I waste little time with background details or character history. I put in just what the story has to have. The rest of those details are left to the imaginations of the reader.

Some strong ideas on how to write a great story

This comes from our friendly writers at The Write Practice: The page https://thewritepractice.com/write-story/ gives detailed follow up on each of these guidelines. Go there to read it and save my fingers. Let me know if you agree with all of them or is there one or more you don’t agree with? Please leave a comment at the end of this article so we can talk about it.

  1. Write in one sitting
  2. Develop your protagonist
  3. Create suspense and drama
  4. Show don’t tell
  5. Write good dialogue
  6. Write about death
  7. Edit like a pro
  8. Know the rules, then break them
  9. Defeat writer’s block
  10. Share your work

Conclusion: How To Write A Great Story

The write practice website has quite a lot of resources for writers along with this 10 step process for writing a story. You can also use your own style if it suits you. If you are happy with the results then I say continue with it. If you are struggling with the results with your method then give these ten a try and look for more guidance online. The resources for writers is amazing and unending.
You may be interested in this article about making short stories that become best sellers.

We Made This Blog To Provide Resources For Writers

By resources we mean anything that will help a writer keep writing.

Often that means money. So many of today’s writers are stuck in nine to five soul sucking jobs that drain their creativity. We want to help that come to an end. To give you the opportunity to write all day long if you want. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

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Papa wrote short stories

There are money making programs out there that can be run with a small daily time investment to keep them going. There are many that require writing skills. We review those programs here.

We don’t just review them, often we do them. Join them, invest, whatever is needed to see if they are legitimate before we recommend them to you.

We take the time to break these programs down to the step by step approach that many of us need to learn by. People that are natural or experienced business people don’t always need that step by step process but if you are focusing your mind on creativity you aren’t concerned with Google Analytics. Unless it was needed for a story.

We may let you in on a program that we are testing before we have a finished review for you. We will always let you know as we inform you if we have tried it yet ourselves. Some programs just sound so good that we get excited about them just like many others do. Especially those who really need to make money fast. If we tell you about one that we are excited about but haven’t yet fully reviewed then you will be researching it along with us in those cases. Hugo award

We can collaborate while we learn the new system if you wish. Leave comments below this one or any other articles discussing those programs that you want to try as we do and we’ll get in touch.

Writers -Want To Know how to make money fast online?

Do you need money?

Ok, I’ll tell you some proven safe ways to earn money online.  Begin right now and do them at the same time. You can work on each project one at a time, but all of them should be part of your daily or weekly routine for making money. Some of my ideas will be new to you, some won’t.

I’m very excited about some of these. Like the first one Global Money Line. It has tons of potential if I understand it correctly.

Global Money Line is a free list builder with an affiliate program and it is very easy to do. Go here

Grab free leads now

Watch the short video on the system and you will see how simple and valuable it is. You can begin making money there right away. Go check it.

The second one is Fiverr. You can make money writing online by opening a free account. It’s easy. Fill out your profile offering your writing services. You set your own prices.

You choose which gigs to accept. You are always in control.  I know a lady making decent money writing articles for internet marketers on Fiverr so I know it’s safe and works. She just began a few months ago and she picked up writing gigs the first week.

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Click on this and set up your free account to sell your services

 

Sometimes she is writing articles for a blogger. Sometimes she is writing advertising. There are several categories and you pick the ones you’re willing to do.

Another way to make money from writing is to sell sponsorships to your blog. Yes, you can have fun writing about your favorite subject then gain a following leading to sponsors that will pay you to place ads on your blog. It is a thriving business for many bloggers out there so why not you?

Would you like to make money with your writing?

It will take work. At first, it will seem hard. Then you’ll get used to it like anything else and it will take less and less time and effort for each project. If you really want to make money using your writing then you should go here and set up a free account. It’s free and you can keep that free account as long as you want. No one will try to upsell you.

This course and website are secure with a proven system that people are making their livings and some are getting wealthy with.  On that site, you’ll learn many other ways to make money online that I haven’t covered here yet. It is where I learned how to make money writing online and I am still a member.

There are members there who make millions online and they stay as members to give back and they like the community. It also helps them keep abreast of industry news. They offer free mentorship and advice to others they can see are trying hard to make it work.

It’s waiting for you.

Flipping Blogs

Some people flip houses, buy them, fix them up, and sell them. Flipping Blogs is the same except you start a new blog and build it up then put it on the market. We have members selling their blogs for up to 40k. He had four or five months of effort put in on that one if I remember right. Consider it, you may love it.

Discover ways to make a living you hadn’t thought of with your writing.

Are you willing to work hard?

It will take a strong commitment. You may be one of the lucky or super smart ones that make money online in large amounts as soon as you learn the system. I wouldn’t count on that though because the odds of overnight wealth are not as good as getting struck by lightning in Florida. It’s a legitimate career choice to use your writing skills to make a living online. It will fit in with all the things you may already do to sell your work. Such as social media marketing. Maybe you are trying to do that and you may be struggling with it.

The proven systems for managing social media you will learn there are results driven by live examples. You can do this. You could be making a nice living online in little time. Join us. 

This learning platform has classes teaching effective social media marketing. If you work hard and study the material you can guarantee your success in the online world. You will learn the best ways to sell your work.

Wouldn’t it be great if you had all day to write? This is the goal I am working towards. I had it once. I was able to write all day and it was heaven. I ran out of money and now I am working to fix that so I can go back to writing all that I want.

Don’t get me wrong I enjoy writing articles like this one because I like to help.

So it starts out hard but then it will get easier after it all makes sense. Join me. The system is step by step. Clear and straightforward. Nothing scammy about it. Take a peek at the training here.

Making a steady ‘passive’ income would allow you to quit your day job and write your masterpiece. You would have all day to do so

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Go to this site and sign up for a free account

Take a good look around. See what you think. It costs you nothing to try but time. When you do look me up and I’ll show you around.  My name is Paul Huggins1 on that site. You have to put the one after the name. Join me and a ton of very successful people making money online writing articles and many other things. What are you waiting for?

 

 

One Hundred Years of the Best American ShortStories

This Best of Series Always Becomes a Classic

This series has been going longer and selling more copies than any in America.

Lorrie Moore who is thought of as a master of the short story selected forty stories from over two thousand from previous editions of the series. These are not simply good short stories.

They represent the time they were written. How things were in the literature world. What was popular to examine as an American during the decade of the story.

The first story published by Ernest Hemingway is in this collection. William Faulkner has one in this collection with a note from his biography confessing that he began writing “as an aid to love-making.”

James Baldwin’s offering conveys to his audience what the bonds of brotherhood with the connection to music are all about.

The main idea Lorrie Moore was after with this collection seems to be how to define what it means to be American. Putting together this group of stories pushed her to look not just at the history within the stories, but at the reality of our nation going through developmental stages and progress.

Moore wanted to showcase stories that defined America’s literary artistry through time.

Lorrie Moore, was a professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for many years, is not a professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Moore is a well-honored writer herself. She was awarded the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and a Lannan Foundation fellowship. She also won the PEN/Malamud Award and Rea Award for her short stories.

She is well qualified to make this collection for the centennial edition of the series of greatest American Short Stories.

Heidi Pitlor is the series editor and has been since 2007. An author in her own right of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.

Conclusion: The reader reviews favored the book as a whole. Heavily favored I would say. Some couldn’t connect well to certain representative stories for the earlier decades while others enjoyed the history enough to read even if they didn’t feel connected to the story.

Overall the assemblage can be considered a great collection of short stories and well worth the read. Many readers became fans of the series because of this collection.

Guest Posting

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If You Would like to Do A Guest Post Concerning Any Subject Within The Literature World Drop Me A Line At: nafasiawrites@gmail.com

You can also submit Short Stories here is you wish. I will be happy to post them and give you full credit. Or you could do like many do and post a teaser chapter or less. This blog is here to help writers.

Do you wonder what the formal creative writing definition is?

Defining creative writing can be an art itself. If you go searching online for a definition you can find many. One thing that is consistent though is that it is about making up things. At Study.com they have a definition similar to many, but they still call it an art. https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-creative-writing-definition-types-examples.html

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Bleeding colors on the paper

At writeawariting.com they define it as “A form of writing that expresses writer’s feelings, emotions, experiences, ideas, or thoughts at a conscious or subconscious level.” http://www.writeawriting.com/creative/definition-creative-writing/

An idea, person, object, or event that didn’t exist before you thought of it. It doesn’t have to be unique. It can be almost the same as many other things, or events, or stories and still be unique because you thought of it and you are the one telling the story.

If you look at the Mona Lisa painting and decide to make one of your own like it. How likely is it that yours will be the same as Leonardo Da Vinci’s?

If you give that painting your all I think it is still a work of art. Give your story the same effort. Let your soul pour out on the paper. If you do so, even your story about the red-haired girl that got away can become be a classic.

Or do you just love creative writing and don’t concern yourself with definitions?creative writing definition

Do you think of yourself as a creative writer?

Do you still develop character? Do you outline a plot first? Do you describe a detailed world for your story? Is there a genre to the story or book? Do you let dialogue move your story? Or do you tell it as the narrator?

“Conrad Hall said: “My first semester, I got a D in creative writing.”

On a closing note, I thought it would be a good idea to mention writer’s block as they call it and show you a place to read about some interesting ways to overcome it through blogging. This site is all about blogging for a living so they have many ideas about ending creative blocks. There are several other posts there about writer’s block and the writing process. Take a look around. Say hi when you do. I’m on most of the time.

I have a little bit more information about the site with the articles designed to help with creative writing and writer’s block here.

A Revolutionary Idea: Teaching Beginner Affiliate Marketing For Real

Learning how to make a living online in a step by step system is a popular subject these days. People all over the internet claim to teach in a step by step method. There is a major problem with that.

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Madam Fortuna Knows

They don’t. They skip past the real basics and assume we know many of the terms they use. What the heck is SOE? Oh, wait that is Sony Online Entertainment. I meant what is SEO.  If you are a total beginner like I was three months ago you may not have a clue. How about ‘SERPS’ huh? No idea.

Search Engine Ranking Page, google to the rescue. How hard is it for those guys to come down to the beginner level and teach it in a real step by step method? Some of them sound like they want to sound knowledgeable to the other marketers instead of focusing their words on teaching beginners.

I’m keeping detailed notes on this system for financial freedom right here if you would like to follow along with me.

There is a place that does teach it in a very step by step method that begins at the very beginning of online marketing knowledge. Read more about it here.

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