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Excerpt from Writer’s Secrets Vol. 2 “Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know”

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Excerpts from Volume 2 in the Writer’s Secrets Series

“Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know”

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Available at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IG0PC9E

This series has has been developing for a very long time, for over fifty years in fact.

Dr. Jeffrey Lant has an extraordinary online writing course which compliments this Writer’s Secrets Series. In it, you’ll learn how to write the kind of meaningful prose you desire.

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Writer’s Secrets Vol. 2 – Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know

Lucky you! You have arrived at the rest of your life. What you
learn in this chapter you can use and profit from every single
day you remain alert and willing to learn. In short, we here
today begin your great adventure.

Barbra Streisand has a signature tune that goes like this…
“People who need people are the luckiest people in the
world” (from the film “Funny Girl”, 1968). And this applies
especially to writers, for everything we write will be almost
entirely, if not exclusively, about people.

In this chapter, I’m going to give you the essence of what it
takes for you to rise high and triumph as a writer. Let us begin
at the beginning, as a writer about people and their multifarious

To begin this chapter, I suggest that you read the five portrait
articles I have written and included in this book… about Abigail
van Buren, Arthur Godfrey, Jacques Brel, Elizabeth Taylor, and
Pete Seeger. If you do, my comments will be more
understandable and useful to you. I have written hundreds of
profiles, ranging from the completely unknown subjects, to the
household names. Indeed, I am one of the major profile writers
of my generation. I want to pass on my mantle to you. It is worth

To begin at the beginning.

As I have said to you before, the actual physical act of writing
should be the last thing you do to succeed as a writer. Good,
solid preparation skills are required. Start by reading each day,
a standard metropolitan newspaper. In it, you will discover
thousands of names and stories. Some are obscure, some of
transitory interest, others of cosmic significance.

Your job is to be totally at ease with humanity, to the extent that
you are bold, and even audacious. Your job is to understand
completely all aspects of humanity in all of its manifestations…
good, bad, but never indifferent.

Make it a point, each day, and I do mean every day, to read
through every kind of story and determine which ones would be
of the greatest interest to the greatest number of people, and
which can benefit from your peculiar “eye”.

You may ask, ‘What is an eye?’ Simply this: it is the inner
compass that enables you to immediately determine the value,
standing, and significance of any particular person or subject.
In short, what is worth writing about, who is worth writing about,
and what or who deserves to be dismissed, without further ado.

In any given day, by following this methodology, you will find
one to ten new subjects you can write about. I have a scientific
way about dealing with these potential leads. I take a pair of
scissors and a big box. I put my newspaper page over the box,
and cut out the articles which promise to become, in my
practiced manner, my next articles, hence, my next successes.

My aim at this point is clear and simple: which people and
subjects are of the greatest importance and value, interest, and
excitement. In other words, how can I influence the greatest
number of people, get the greatest possible response, and let
us not forget, the most money. For one way or another, there
must always be that.

Your job is to keep looking for subjects every day of your life,
until your box, no matter what its size, is overflowing with
possibilities. And when I say overflowing, I mean precisely
that. I have drawers in my office filled with ancient clippings for
articles which are still (mostly) relevant to write.

Next, review your clippings and prioritize the subjects you want
to write about. I advise you to write about subjects which have
a long shelf life. For example, presidents of the United States
and other high political figures of nations worldwide, movie stars
with proven careers, or ones that look likely to succeed.

Write too, about legislators of note, and scientists who are
engaged in momentous tasks.

Write too, about sports figures, particularly those who look like
a good long term investment. Think also of authors, and your
fellow writers. Think of people who are on the cutting edge of
any aspect of human affairs. Who is looking out for aliens in
outer space? And who is rushing ahead with a microscope and
a microbe, destined to change the world?

Keep in mind, that any individual person, given the precise set of
circumstances, is worthy of your pen. Remember, writers do not
merely report, we are visionaries. We see beyond the present
realities, and hoist our colors to any significant mast. We do not
merely report the news, that is for lesser souls, we explain the
news and the people who make it.

Now let us look at aspects of the five articles I have provided in
this volume on –

Abigail van Buren, Arthur Godfrey, Jacques Brel and Pete Seeger


About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 40 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

More can be found on Dr. Lant on his author page at: http://www.amazon.com/author/jeffreylant/

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The New Writer’s Secrets Series Vol.1 is Released

Just Published Writer’s Secrets Vol.1…

“How to write About Famous People You Know”

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Get your copy at:  https://www.amazon.com/Write-About-Famous-People-that-ebook/dp/B01I7RH9D8/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1468182813&sr=1-3&keywords=Writer%27s+Secrets

This may seem like a strange topic to open this series with so why did Dr. Lant do it?

He choose this topic because as he writes

“I have started with what could be construed as an advanced class
because once you master this, you will be able to gain
access and commendable results from any famous person
in the universe.

You will never say, if you have ever said, and might truly say,
that you have nothing to write about… like a woman going to
a closet full of gowns and saying “I have nothing to wear”. You
will never say again, having mastered this chapter, that you have
nothing to write about. Master these guidelines, and fly high…”
Dr. Jeffrey Lant has an extraordinary online writing course which compliments this Writer’s Secrets Series. In it, you’ll learn how to write the kind of meaningful prose you desire.

Find out more at: http://writerssecrets.com/intro

Sign up at: http://writerssecrets.co

Listen in –  Dr.  Lant will introduce you to his new series with a special reading from the introduction

Read along and find out more at: http://writerssecrets.com/excerpts-from-writers-secrets-vol-1-writing-about-famous-people-you-know/

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Fun Activity and Learning Opportunity to Do with Your Kids

An excellent activity and learning opportunity to do with your children or grandchildren is to write a children’s book together. They can be so fun to create.

My granddaughter loves for me to tell her stories then she in turn will make up a story to tell me.

We love doing character building with tips from Dr. Lant over at www.writerssecrets.com to really making your characters come alive. My granddaughter has such an imagination, as most children do, and really gets into imagining she is one of the characters for our book.

Next point bought up in Dr. Lant’s writing class  – Take in all the details around you for these can become important pieces of information to add to your story.

I read a funny quote on a mug ” Be careful what you say and do, I am a writer!” This gets my granddaughter thinking more about what is happening around her so she can add them to our story.

It’s fun to brainstorm with her ideas for the title, story setting and what the main theme of our story is.

Put your book together and you’ll have a real keepsake!

Now Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing has made it so easy to get that book published to share with others. They even have a Kindle Kids’ Book Creator which is FREE to download to format your book. Available at: Amazon.com

I was so inspired from working with Dr. Lant and bringing an extraordinary writing course to folks worldwide and learned so much that I wanted to bring this to the children in volume one of my new series “Bringing Out The Potential Of Our Children” available at http://fullpotential.co.place

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Now It Comes to the Editing and Proofreading. They Are Different You Know.

It’s one thing to get your stories written down but if you are looking to have them published you have two more stages to complete.


  1. Correct spelling and grammar.
  2. Check the logical flow of ideas.
  3. Check consistency of language, tone, and style.
  4. Check facts and figures.
  5. Ensure that the writer is getting the intended message across.
  6. Ensure that the work is readable.
  7. Ensure there are no obvious errors.

Then for the final stage with one last quality check you proofread.

  1. Correct inconsistent formatting in layout, which includes margins, page numbering, italics, alignment, headers and footers, quotes, paragraphing, spacing, tabs, and fonts.
  2. Correct usage of language, which includes spelling (British or American English), punctuation, grammar, hyphenation, capitalisation, abbreviations, and acronyms.

Thanks to Writers Write for these pointers.

For more details on writing a draft, editing and proofreading check out this short video.


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Tips to Get You to Your Goal of Freelance Copy-writing

Freelance copy-writing can be very lucrative but needs some dedication to be successful.

Tip # 1 Have a mentor and learn from the best.

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Tip # 2 Learn how to get the most production from your efforts.

Check out an earlier post at: http://writerssecrets.com/3-ways-to-get-more-productivity-from-your-writing-efforts/

Will Newman’s  Strategies from  Will Newman for Scheduling your Copy-writing to bring you more success.

1. Look inside yourself . . .

Successful scheduling starts with knowing when you work best. You’ll want to schedule around those times of day as much as possible.

2. Gather materials . . .

To make my strategy work, you need:

  • “Butcher” paper, about 4′ by 8′
  • Index cards
  • Different colored markers
  • Yardstick
  • Space where you can spread everything out

3. Draw your weekly schedule skeleton . . .

Draw eight columns (up and down) on the butcher paper. Fill in days of the week across the top starting in the second column. Draw horizontal lines 3″ apart across the paper for times during the day.

Put times in the far left column starting an hour before you wake up. Continue with ½-hour blocks to an hour after you normally go to bed.

It should look something like this:






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Getting Your Stories Into Book Form and Published

writer_words_for_you_picFirst step – getting your stories written down.

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He is going to tell you precisely what you need to write, to create the kind of meaningful, elegant and memorable prose you desire and all for just pennies a day.

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Another necessary tool is Microsoft Word used for editing and putting your content into an acceptable format for publishing on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.

Step 2 – Now you have your content it’s time to format it.

In comes MobiPocket software

Download their FREE eBook Creator ( pick the publisher’s edition)

I use the custom eBook creator and eCover creator available to members of Worldprofit

Kindle_direct_PublishingNow with your Word doc in hand it’s time to head over to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing – start at their help page.


They are great at guiding you though the process of publishing your eBook on their platform.

Here’s the first 3 steps. Find more info at the Source: Kindle Direct Publishing




Your Account Enter Book Information Merchandising Tips
Format Your Manuscript Design Your Cover KDP Select
Upload & Preview Your Book Kindle MatchBook
Set Rights & Pricing KDP Promotional Programs

Now you have it up and published  than it’s just a matter of helping people to find it. That’s a whole other post.


Of Black History Month

www.writerssecrets.com Famous People Series for Black History Month

Black History Month which according to Wikipedia started out as

Negro History Week (1926)

The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”[1] This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.[1]

From the event’s initial phase, primary emphasis was placed on encouraging the coordinated teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation’s public schools. The first Negro History Week was met with a lukewarm response, gaining the cooperation of the Departments of Education of the states of North Carolina, Delaware, and West Virginia as well as the city school administrations of Baltimore and Washington, D.C..[4] Despite this far from universal acceptance, the event was regarded by Woodson as “one of the most fortunate steps ever taken by the Association,” and plans for a repeat of the event on an annual basis continued apace.[4]

At the time of Negro History Week’s launch, Woodson contended that the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society:

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.”[5]

By 1929 The Journal of Negro History was able to note that with only two exceptions, officials with the State Departments of Educations of “every state with considerable Negro population” had made the event known to that state’s teachers and distributed official literature associated with the event.”[6] Churches also played a significant role in the distribution of literature in association with Negro History Week during this initial interval, with the mainstream and black press aiding in the publicity effort.[7]

Negro History Week was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. Negro History Week grew in popularity throughout the following decades, with mayors across the United States endorsing it as a holiday.[1]

Black History Month (1976)

The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.[8]

In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”[9]

United Kingdom (1987)

Black History Month was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987. It was organized through the leadership of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, who then served as a coordinator of special projects for the Greater London Council (GLC) and created a collaboration to get it underway.[10] It was first celebrated in London and has become a national institution.[3]

Canada (1995)

In 1995, after a motion by politician Jean Augustine, representing the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore in Ontario, Canada’s House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month and honored Black Canadians. In 2008, Senator Donald Oliver moved to have the Senate officially recognize Black History Month, which was unanimously approved.[2]

See more at the Source of this article: Wikipedia

We will be featuring articles on

Maya Angelou at: http://writerssecrets.com/maya-angelou-lashes-out-on-paraphrase-at-the-new-martin-luther-king-jr-memorial-and-shes-right/

Martin Luther King at: http://writerssecrets.com/americas-newest-national-monument-debuts-dedicated-to-the-reverend-doctor-martin-luther-king-jr-what-we-must-never-forget-about-the-man-and-his-resounding-message/

Nelson Mandela at: http://writerssecrets.com/of-nelson-mandela-an-appreciation/

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No. 1 Thing for Success Writing for a Living

Once you have all the technical things down and those meaningful prose are starting to flow. There is one crucial element you must not overlook if you wish to successfully make a good living writing.

#1 Thing – It’s connecting with people.

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3 Ways to Get More Productivity From Your Writing Efforts

Makes sense to me to get the most productivity for your efforts.

Here’s 3 tips to do just that.

  1. Choose the time of day to write when you naturally do your best work. Choose that time and clear away any distractions. Make it a routine to write at that time.
  2. With that routine plan your activities, structuring the best use of that time. What will you start with.  Will that be editing last days work. Schedule how much time is devoted to editing, writing and schedule some breaks in there too.
  3. Have strategies for overcoming some issues like how to get into the writing flow, staying motivated, getting past procrastinating.

Dr. Lant can help here with his extraordinary online writing course. There he shares his experiences, tactics, stratagems, secrets and insights it has taken him a full, rich and productive lifetime to accumulate. Near seven decades of a successful writing career.

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