But what if I don’t know all the writing rules?

I always ask people in my workshops: “What keeps you from writing the book you’ve dreamed of writing?”

The number one answer is a variation of: “I don’t know the writing rules.”

Warning: This post may veer a bit from writing tools and into life choices.

Like so many things in life we’re faced with a choice when we have a dream or goal that directly conflicts with a fear or short coming. We must decide which one wins, which one directs our next steps. Meaning, do we give in to the fear or shortcoming and let it... Read More

What are some tips for writing a nonfiction book?

When I’m asked, “What are some tips for writing a nonfiction book?” I narrow it down to the top three foundational pieces, but there are many, many tips based on your: who, what, where, and why? The top three tips, in my opinion:

  1. Determine and fine-tune the book’s theme.
  2. Create a plan that includes content considerations and writing schedules.
  3. And, the often forgotten and most important step: Start writing.

First, choose your book’s theme

This seems like a basic step that needs no explanation, however, I wouldn’t bring it up if that were true. I’ve worked with clients who never gave any or gave very little thought to what the book’s theme or main message... Read More

How long will it take to write my book?

“How long will it take to write my book?” My short answer is: “It takes as long as it takes based on how often you sit down to write and how long you spend writing when you do.” I know that is not the answer the person asking wants to hear as I say it. And honestly, after a while that answer frustrated me, too. I spent the past few days trying to figure out how to quantify a better answer to inspire and motivate writers instead of frustrate them. I think I finally did it!

Let’s think about the time frame for writing a 50,000-word book, which is about 200 pages long.... Read More

Why Write (Part 2)?

“Why Write (Part 1)” was about finding and harnessing passion to write your book. Today’s blog is about defining your book goals. A clear understanding of what to do with the book once it’s written helps define and refine writing timeline, budget, target market, short-term and long-term marketing plan, and more. 

I specialize in writing nonfiction; therefore, I help business people answer the goals question from the very beginning. Here are some examples I get. Most people want to write a book as an additional marketing tool to position themselves as an expert in a professional field. Others want a book to generate another line of income. There are... Read More

Why Write (Part 1)?

Many people ask, “Why write my story?” I recognize their yearning, passion, hesitation, and even fear that overshadows a long-time goal. My first response on the surface may seem flippant: “Why not write?” On deeper reflection, the answer really is: “Why not write!!!!!” because with my experience, knowledge, passion for writing, and with today’s technology everyone who wants to write their story can and should be encouraged to do so. 

The issue from my point of view is: Stop asking “WHY?” and start learning “HOW!” from an expert who knows the ins and outs of the writing world, like me, with the goal to sit down and start writing.... Read More

Assessing what to do differently in 2018 to grow business

As 2017 winds down and 2018 is about to begin, it’s normal to assess what to do differently in the new year. This post is focused on a tool to grow your business in 2018: Your Book. Business owners should be assessing: Did I do the amount of business I wanted to do this year? Rarely is the answer to this question, “Yes.” Most business owners come to the answer, “No” because either they didn’t do as well as they’d like or they did well, but aren’t willing to settle for that’s all there is. Therefore, the question is: What to do differently to get better results, which means increasing the number of clients and generating greater income.
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What’s the difference between writing nonfiction and fiction?

What’s the difference between writing nonfiction and fiction? We all know nonfiction is true and fiction is imaginary. Most people can readily spout off all sorts of other ways nonfiction and fiction writing are different, but how are they the same? If the writer has the ultimate goal of writing a sellable book, there are lessons to be learned and applied from each side of the book shelf.

For instance, all the best stories have a captivating beginning to draw the reader in, a solid middle that comes to a climax or peak, and a satisfying wrap-up to end the book. That’s right, even if writing a nonfiction book... Read More

How can I learn to enjoy writing?

It surprises me that some people really don’t like to write, because I love to write and it comes easily to me. But I’ve also noticed some people don’t like working with numbers, others don’t like building things, and some shouldn’t sing in public. I have a real passion for writing, but don’t like to do or can’t do any of these other things, and a lot of other things, too. I’m really okay with that!

It takes all different talents and passions to make the world function well. And while we each may have a unique and valuable story to tell and message to share, it doesn’t mean everyone has the skills to do so.Read More

Any ideas on how to strengthen writing skills?

I’m asked for ideas on how to strengthen writing skills, and if that’s even possible. I do believe it’s possible to become a better writer. Like any other skill, writing requires practice, practice, and more practice. But developing into a better writer also means spending more time as an active reader and providing focused concern in using proper speech.

Let’s start with ideas on ways to get writing practice time built into a daily schedule. The easiest and most fun way is to journal. Journaling doesn’t require a fancy book or binder. Use any tablet or paper already on hand. The secret is not in the book, binder, or... Read More

How do I overcome writer’s block?

How do I overcome writer’s block? Writers block, regardless of the reason, is when the writer can’t produce new words on the page or can’t focus to edit written work. I hear writer’s block explained with root causes ranging from lack of focus to lack of inspiration or from lack of skill to lack of confidence.

“Writer’s block” happens at some point, to some extent, to all writers. Admit it, life happens and can take us away physically, emotionally, and mentally from writing. Frustration builds. Stress builds. All getting worse and worse as more pressure is applied to: “Got to write! Got to write! Write, right now!” The focus... Read More

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