The Word Leader Podcast

The Word Leader Podcast

The Word Leader Podcast is for thinkers who want to get their wisdom out in the world through book writing and publishing. Podcast host and founder of Trivium Writing Leandre Larouche discusses everything from strategy to tactics, to mindset and philosophy. Visit https://www.triviumwriting.com to get more details about Trivium Writing and watch our free, advanced masterclass on how to write your book in 16 weeks or less.

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June 16, 2021 2 min

If you want to write a terrible, low-value book, like thousands of people do every year, follow these simple steps. First, pick whatever topic you are knowledgeable about and gather what you would like to see. Second, do no research about what other authors have said before you. Third, write the book with next to no outline until you’re out of ideas.. Fourth, have your draft edited by the cheapest editor you can find. Fifth, drop t...

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When thinking of writing a book, we often run into the problem of having too many ideas. We don’t even know where to start because we have too many thoughts and too little structure. In those cases, I like to ask the “shotgun question.” If I put a gun to your head and gave you no time to pick what you’re going to write about, what would you pick? To take the question even further, I could tell you this is the only book you’ll ever ...

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One of the biggest mistakes people make when writing is they use buzzwords trending in their field. Buzzwords are popular words we use and abuse, and although there’s a reason they’ve become buzzwords, we need to stay away from them. Why? Because it telegraphs we are typical and are not using our own language. Even the people who agree with you might roll their eyes as they hear you use buzzwords in your field. Instead, use vivid d...

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The best writing routine is the one you can stick to for a long time. Writing is like working out. You have to put in place a process you like and are happy to go through. If not, you won’t stay consistent and your efforts will go to waste. It doesn’t matter if you like to write in the morning, in the afternoon, or in the evening. What matters is that you see yourself keeping your writing routine for many years. I’ve made the mista...

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How long does it really take to write a book? Of course, the answer depends, let’s look at the numbers. A normal nonfiction book is about 50,000 words. Nonfiction books, especially those self-published, tend to become shorter and shorter, but let’s take 50,000 words as an example. If you have a good writing process in place, you can write about 900 words an hour. If you write an hour a day, you’ll have your 50,000-word book complet...

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Writing a book is a comeback of sorts. Most people agree that writing and publishing a book is the ultimate achievement. Although this isn’t necessarily the case, most people see having published a book as “having made it.” One of the hidden benefits of writing and publishing a book is to be able to rub it in the face of those who said we wouldn’t make it. Of course, this comes from a place of dark energy—but we all need a little d...

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The conversation about writing often tends to be hijacked by the conversation about technical skills. But in reality, what you need to write a book is ideas, knowledge, expertise, a story, or a message. These are the things that matter—the raw material. No technical prowess in writing can make up for a lack of ideas or deep knowledge. No technical prowess can save a book without solid foundations. Before you focus on your writing, ...

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The best writing approach is to start with questions, not with the answers. This can be hard because, if you are an expert, you know the answers. But the problem with the answers is that they don’t provide direction. Questions, however, do provide direction. It’s easy to set up a narrative by asking the right questions at the right time. And at the end of the day, this is what writing is about—answering the right questions at the r...

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June 4, 2021 4 min

Writing a book can be daunting because once published, your book will be around forever. For some people, it’s a scary prospect because they think they might change their mind or they might look silly down the line. The reality is, yes, you will change after your book is published, but that’s not a bad thing. Books are contained in their period of time and they only represent who you were at the moment of writing it. Moreover, you ...

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June 3, 2021 4 min

Not every form of communication allows you to flesh out your philosophy the way writing does. For example, speaking is a great way to tell stories, captivate your audience, and get a real human connection with them. But because of the nature of the medium, you can’t flesh out nuances the same way as in writing. The only limit to how much you can write is how long you’re willing to write and how long your audience is willing to read...

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June 2, 2021 3 min

If you can’t seem to find the time to write, you must ask yourself the following questions: “What is it that I’m trying to get from writing this book? Can I get elsewhere? If so, how might it be different?” These questions will help you prioritize your book if that’s what you should be working on right now. Remember that we never write books in a vacuum. We seek certain things from writing books, and we must be honest with ourselve...

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June 1, 2021 2 min

If you give yourself three years to write a book, you’ll take three years. If you give yourself three days, you’ll take three days. Of course, some books can’t be written in three days. But the point is that we humans can stretch time. Working under pressure is, for many of us, an opportunity to achieve more in less time. Such is the case with books. The biggest mistake we can make as writers is to be too flexible with our deadline...

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May 31, 2021 2 min

One of the best ways to ensure your success as a writer is to build a team to surround you. You need to have a team of people who can help you in your writing endeavors and support you during the tough seasons. It’s one thing to have an audience that reads what you publish, but it’s another to have a group of people who help you through thick and thin not only by reading and critiquing your work but also by giving much-needed persp...

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May 28, 2021 2 min

What if your book gets bad reviews? Nothing changes, truly. Bad reviews don’t matter. Good reviews don’t matter. No reviews don’t matter. One review doesn’t matter, nor does one hundred. You must remember that it’s often the most vocal who write the reviews. They don’t represent everybody. The people you can have an impact on don’t necessarily write reviews. You can’t take too seriously a bad review like you can’t take too seriousl...

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May 26, 2021 2 min

What’s the best way to write compelling books fast? Equip yourself with a number of smart people who can review your work and offer suggestions. It’s hard to see the frame when you’re in the picture—even for the best writers in the world. Recently, I was working on a grammar textbook and one of my reviewers pointed out serious flaws in the organization. The funny part was, I was sometimes failing at using my own method. It’s hard t...

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May 26, 2021 3 min

How long should your book be? That’s a tricky question, but there’s an answer to it. If you’re just trying to get a short message out, 5,000 to 15,000 words will do it. However, such a book won’t be taken very seriously by avid readers. 30,000 words are the baseline for a serious book, and 50,000 words is a reasonable amount. 60,000 words and over are the norm for serious nonfiction books by reputable authors. You shouldn’t worry t...

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May 25, 2021 3 min

The power you have when writing and speaking is to create images people envision. By using similes and metaphors, you can shift someone’s perspective on a topic. Metaphors are implicit comparisons while similes are implicit. Don’t be afraid to pepper your writing with metaphors and similes. Your readers will enjoy writing even more, and you stand a better chance to change their minds about your topic.


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May 24, 2021 3 min

The beauty of writing a book is that you have more room to tell the true story of who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and what you stand for. Whereas conversations and social media posts are limited, books give you the freedom to write as much as you want and to structure your content in a way that appeals to your reader. There are many 80,000+ word books that have become bestsellers. Writing is a conversation, and the longe...

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May 21, 2021 5 min

A hook is a line that grabs your reader’s attention and makes them want to continue reading. How do you create a good hook? First, you need a clear picture of where you want to take your readers past the hook. Second, you must determine how to grab their attention through curiosity or intrigue in a way that connects to where you want to take them? Where you are taking your reader is the promised land, and you should tease the promi...

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The definition of doing something professionally is doing something with excellence even when we don’t feel like it. If you want to write like a professional, you need to get rid of the notion that writing is always fun. Writing is not always fun, and sometimes you must labor for it. But in the end, every minute spent on writing when you found it difficult will be worth it. And over time, writing will be less difficult even for dif...

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