**Updated 2021 March 25**
The Good Men Project (GMP) has been supporting nonfiction writers for more than a decade. We are one of the few large publications that publishes unknown authors while maintaining the quality and brand identity of our online publication. That brand identify is summarized as follows:
We’re having a conversation about the changing roles of men in the 21st century.
In order to facilitate that conversation, the GMP Editorial team, including Publisher, Lisa Hickey, has supported writers with training on how to improve your writing, how to build a writer’s platform, how to edit, how to write about social change, and how to be a better leader. We’ve developed a community and facilitate networking opportunities for professional development, and we’ve amplified the voices of little-known writers we believe you should know.
Beginning in October 2020, we are offering our Writers’ Community the next level of these benefits via Patreon, a membership-based site with specified benefits for assorted tiers of support, starting at only $2 per month. (Tiers & benefits updated March 18, 2021.) You can read about the benefits on our Patreon page.
The following are three posts about writing, written by three established writers, plus one from GMP’s Publisher, Lisa Hickey. This small sample of posts about writing can help YOU to facilitate social change. Please read and enjoy, and consider joining our new Writers’ Community via Patreon.
One person—one article—can change a life
During my journey as a writer, I began to see The Power of One principle manifest in new ways. I was now influencing others through my prolific prose. It only takes one piece of writing to affect any given reader. Ditto that for hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands or more readers — especially if you go viral on social media. (Read more.)
“The closer a writer keeps to emotional reality, the more alive the writing will be.” ~~ Anaïs Nin
Our best and most authentic voices come out during times like this, when there’s a great sense of urgency. That’s because these are times when we most want and need to be heard. Furthermore, our voices, whether written or spoken, are our most powerful tools. During these challenging times, we’re probably also using our authentic voices, as we’re most likely speaking from our hearts and expressing genuine emotions. In a sense, we become fearless. (Read more.)
How to overcome defensive prose.
This is defensive writing. Defensive writing happens not only for fear of critique but fear of concrete, material — and sometimes physical threats — because of the criticism. If you’ve ever experienced the threat of violence combined with harsh critique, then it becomes difficult to disentangle critique from threat in other contexts. (Read more.)
We are going through an unprecedented time. As we often say on The Good Men Project, “the world is changing faster than most people can process that change.” Never have those words been truer than this moment.
We want you to write about the Coronavirus [COVID-19]. We want to hear your thoughts, your fears, how you are coping, how we are coming together, what is changing for you personally. Over the years, The Good Men Project has been known for responding to the defining events of our times — whether they are natural disasters, mass shootings, exposure of abuses, and more — by gathering a diversity of points of view and creating a layered and nuanced worldview. (Read more.)
The Good Men Project gives people the insights, tools, and skills to survive, prosper and thrive in today’s changing world. A world that is changing faster than most people can keep up with that change. A world where jobs are changing, gender roles are changing, and stereotypes are being upended. A world that is growing more diverse and inclusive. A world where working towards equality will become a core competence. We’ve built a community of millions of people from around the globe who believe in this path forward. That community includes writers who help to forge this path.
When you support us via Patreon, we pledge to support you with tools to improve your writing and platform-building skills, a community to get you connected, and direct access to our editors and publisher. Your continued support will help us build a better, more inclusive world for all.
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