Why didn’t the Goths take over the Roman Empire? 4 reasons

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After the tragic defeat of the Roman army at Adrianople in 378, the Goths were loose in the empire. The eastern emperor was dead, along with two-thirds of his army. No other army remained in the east, and definitely none that could face them in battle. So, why didn’t the Goths take over the empire?

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Freedom to quit–3 reasons to take it easy on yourself

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Freedom to quit–3 reasons to take it easy on yourself (part 1)

“I wake up, I get up, and I never ever give up,” said one of my graduating students in his motivating speech. He spent about nine months trying to pass through the levels of our English program, failing several times and desperately wishing to return home to see his daughters in Saudi Arabia. I had encouraged him to stay that last month, knowing he could make it. Then, he would actually finish instead of looking back at this time in his life and always wondering, “What if I had tried one more time?”

The goal of this article is not motivation for determination, however.

Rather, this article asks the question, “When is it best to give up?”
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The Single Largest Cause of Writer’s Block–Might Not Be What You Believe

Writer’s Block?
The cure may be something you’ve never asked. Check out Kristen Lamb’s blog for the answer.

The Single Largest Cause of Writer’s Block–Might Not Be What You Believe.

5 Book Marketing Myths You Need To Forget – Guest Post by Joanna Penn

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bookmarketingframeAnyone familiar with Joanna Penn’s blog – The Creative Penn – will know what an excellent resource it is for writers, particularly on marketing, where she regularly offers no-nonsense advice that actually works.

When I heard she was writing a book on marketing, I was eager to see what she would come up with, and managed to wangle an advance copy.

How To Market A Book is a comprehensive guide to book marketing, with a much wider scope than something like my own Let’s Get Visible. I can see it being particularly useful for those who are struggling to get to grips with marketing (or to fit it into their busy schedule), but I think everyone could get something from it (including traditionally published authors).

The book takes a holistic approach, covering short term marketing like book reviews and ad sites, as well as longer term marketing like author…

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3 Reasons to Give Yourself a Break

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It’s 11:00 at night and you known you can’t reach your writing goal of 1,000 words for the day. Because so far you have zero. So you choose not to write.

What a lame excuse!

But is there any other way to handle failing your goals?

Try this: lower your expectations.

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